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Monday, April 2, 2012

Spreading the love ~ Crocus style

Amazing, that the Crocus Flower have already bloomed and letting us know to get ready for the next show – TULIPS!!!

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But if you are like me and love seeing these gorgeous blooms pop up throughout the entire garden over the month of March, you might want to read more about how I have spread the love of this flower.  Originally, I started with just a few of each color (yellow, white and purple) along one boarder of my garden.  In just a few short years, I have managed to turn these couple of plants into a glorious show of colors throughout the entire garden.  If you live in the Northwest, you are probably seeing the beginning of your crocus blooms beginning to show the end of their bloom cycle.  Since my garden is so young – I have yet to allow these beauties take over as certain sections of the gardens. I am still allowing one bulb “here and there”.  If they came sprouted in a funny place or with several blooms, for the past couple years, I dig them up about this time of year and put them where I need more color. 

I like digging up crocus bulbs while I still know the color and where I haven’t previously planted them. 

012The process is simple.  Just find a clump of crocus blooms that have several blooms – showing the beginning stage of wilting.  Dig deeper than you should to be sure to up the entire batch of Crocus in front of you.  Crocus flowers grow from a “Corm”. The corm is a swollen root system.  This system stores nutrients that contain everything the plant will need to bloom the following year.

After digging up several clusters of crocus bulbs ~ I carefully pull them apart separating the bulbs individually.

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Once separated dig your hole about two inches beneath the soil. Be sure to plant the the bulbs in a well drained 016and full sun garden bed. Space each new planting at least four to six inches apart. It may take one to two years to see a bloom on your new crocus plant.

 

Dividing and replanting the Crocus plants every two to three years will keep your crocus plants healthy and give you additional plants (and color) throughout your gardens!

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Soon, you will be enjoying crocus blooms everywhere!  But do watch out for those pesky squirrels, they do like to dig up newly planted crocus bulbs ~ but once established they seem to leave them alone! But deer on the other hand will leave these beautiful blooms alone!

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19 comments:

Sandy said...

Your Crocus are just beautiful...
I had them in Illinois but here
in hot Florida they will not
grow... boohoo!
My Gardenia and Day Lilly's
are blooming.
Happy Spring
Sandy

Rachel Pallas said...

so pretty! Wish I had your green thumb!! xo

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your crocus are beautiful.

Dee

Red Gate Farm said...

So beautiful! And at this time of year a bit of color in our grey, dreary day is so welcome! My hyacinths are my color... for some reason crocuses disappear... Moles? Deer? Who knows!

So happy to have spring gardening back!

~Chris

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Your crocus flowers are so pretty! I always love your gardening series, thanks for sharing.

~Shanon

Zinnia said...

Beautiful flower bed. I like the crocus flower hands swell over the edge of the flowerbed. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

Jody and Stan said...

Just found your blog and love this post on Crocus. You have so many things I love on your other posts.
New Follower.

Jody

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So pretty!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Great tips for moving these beauties around! I was telling my husband that this is the first Easter I remember where the daffodils have already bloomed and faded! The tulips are in full bloom (which is unusual for Easter here in the Midwest where we often have snow on Easter!) all of this thanks to our wonderful, warm spring! 80 today! Yippee!

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

So beautiful! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

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Debra Howard said...

They are lovely flowers aren't they? And they come just when we start to wonder if spring is every going to come. Great tutorial.
Debbie

pink*cherub*moon said...

I love crocus! They are always the first flowers to come up and I know that when I see them, spring is here! I especially like the purple ones. Your's look so pretty in your garden! Great tips of dividing them as well! The more the merrier! Happy Spring! Hugs, Leena

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another Outdoor Wednesday participant, lovely to see your crocuses.

Crafty Gardener said...

Crocus are beautiful and brighten up those early spring days.

kulasa said...

those flowers are so beautiful...keep planting and sharing nature's beauty with your wonderful captures...dropping by for the first time and loving your site...

Ann said...

The crocus are gorgeous. The colors are so pretty throughout your garden. How talented are you

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

I so need to do this - I'm usually too busy with other spring duties, but my clumps need dividing for sure! Thanks for sharing this at the TGP.

Nezzy said...

Great advice and beautiful flowers sweetie.

I just wanted to thank ya for visitin' with your sweet comment.

Please drop by often, the door of the Ponderosa is always open.

Heck, sit a spell, kick your shoes off!!!

God bless your day!!!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Your crocus are so pretty. Mine kind of petered out, guess I maybe needed to divide them? :(
*hugs*deb