Planting Autumn Crocus Bulbs
Keep colour in your garden for longer!
September is a good time to plant autumn flowering Crocus (Colchicum). Plant by the end of September for a good show of colour until November. After flowering, the leaves follow on to build the bulb for next year.
Plant bulbs in garden borders, in the lawn or in pots and tubs. Plant bulbs in groups or clusters for a spectatular show.
Make a hole deep enough for the bulbs. As a rule of thumb, plant and bulb 2 to 3 times its height - eg if you have a 2 inch bulb, then it needs to be planted between 4 and 6 inches deep. Make sure you put the bulb in the 'right' way up - with the roots down and the shoots up! Pack soil loosely around the bulbs. Water if the soil is dry.
Bulbs will grow in most well drained soils. Adding bulb fibre around your bulbs will enrich the soil. If you are planting in a pot, then make sure there is enough drainage and that the soil is suitable. Again, adding bulb fibre will help.