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P. Allen Smith's Bulb Garden




Despite a low profile, the crocus is a major statement maker early in the spring season, thanks to cup-like blooms and eye-catching colors. Their short stature makes them a great choice for borders and walkways, but it does prevent much companion planting, as the diminutive flower would easily be smothered. Thyme and creeping phlox are exceptions. Crocuses also have a tendency to spread naturally and will, over time, leave you with the most spectacular groundcover!


Forcing Crocus Bulbs Indoors

With time and a cool location, crocuses are also easy to force. Plant the small bulbs in pots of soil 1-inch deep and keep in a cool, dark place for 10 to 12 weeks. When shoots are 1- to 2-inches tall, move the pot to a cool, well-lit location and blooms will open in two to three weeks.

Planting Crocus Bulbs Outdoors

Unlike other bulbs, crocuses are not picky when it comes to their location. While they prefer well-drained soil, light conditions can vary from the full sun of a wide-open lawn to shadier spots beneath trees. Crocuses look best when planted in groups rather than scattered about, so plant a dozen or so bulbs together roughly 3 inches apart and you'll be greeted in early spring with an abundance of color. Easygoing crocuses only need a little fertilizer in very early spring, and a good, heavy mulching in the winter will help them survive the cold season. Be sure to remove the mulch ahead of time so the flowers won't have to push through.

P. Allen Smith's Bulb Garden How-To Deck

This information comes from the P. Allen Smiths Bulb Garden how-to deck. The deck includes recipe-style cards that are small enough to slip into your bag or pocket and come in a flip-top box that is easy to store.