Crocus is a formidable tiny flower that blooms at the end of winter or in fall depending on the variety.
Core Crocus facts
Height – 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary
Flowering – winter or fall
Colors – violet, white, bright orange
Planting and care are a set of small actions that, if properly performed, will boost blooming.
There are two planting periods, each matching the one or the other variety. The species that produces saffron is called Crocus sativus.
- It is recommended to plant in fall those bulbs of species that bloom at the end of winter
- and to plant at the beginning of summer the bulbs of species blooming in fall
Follow a planting depth of 2 inches (5 cm) and plant in clusters of at least 20 to 30 bulbs.
- Take a look at our information on how to plant bulbs.
Pruning and caring for crocus
If you’ve planted crocus in the middle of your lawn, wait for the crocus leaves to have wilted before mowing for the first time in spring.
Usually, this will match with the end of the first dandelion blooming. You’ll have a lawn dotted with yellow dandelions, but won’t have to suffer through all the weeding!
Different types of crocus
Crocus sativus, as mentioned above, is the variety from which saffron is collected. This is arduous work!
Other crocus species include Crocus chrysanthus, Crocus sieberi, Crocus tommasinianus, Crocus olivieri… Many of these grow in the wild, but garden centers are beginning to introduce them as botanical crocus varieties.
All there is to know about crocus
This bulb plant is remarkable for the beauty of its flowers that are most often a blend of blue and violet, that often appear in the middle of the lawn or at the foot of trees.
They are perfect to highlight your garden at the end of winter or in fall, when clusters large and dense enough start forming incredible flowered spots all around.
Smart tip about crocus
In a lawn, crocus will multiply and spread over the years, but for that you must refrain from mowing until the leaves have wilted away…
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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Lush crocus by Jo Wiggijo under Pixabay license
Frail crocus by Noella Gift Shop under Pixabay license
White crocus on grass (also on social media) by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license
Yellow crocus pushing through (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work