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Will Crocosmia only flower in full sun?

Tina_i_amTina_i_am Posts: 173

About 5 years ago I planted some Crocosmia bulbs. Each year I get loads of foliage and nothing much else. One clump is now about 2 ft long of Babylon, and two smaller clumps of Emily Mackenzie. I know their flowering time is August, but if nothing much happens this year, I'm thinking of removing it.

Could it be it's not getting enough light? It is in an East facing border between two trees.

Or do these things take time when planting from bulbs. I do remember buying the bulbs from J Parkers. I do wonder if I got very immature bulbs or duds.

Thank Tina

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,997

    Hello Tina

    On reading your Crocosmias situation in your garden , I would say not enough sunlight is the problem .

    Facing East will receive morning sunshine , but they'll need more for flower developement ; this comes under the rather complex subject of photoperiodism .  Have you access to a SW facing border ?

    Five years on they should be well established by now .

  • Tina_i_amTina_i_am Posts: 173
    Paul B3 says:

    Hello Tina

    On reading your Crocosmias situation in your garden , I would say not enough sunlight is the problem .

    Facing East will receive morning sunshine , but they'll need more for flower developement ; this comes under the rather complex subject of photoperiodism .  Have you access to a SW facing border ?

    Five years on they should be well established by now .

    See original post

    The garden pretty much faces direct south. So it's S, E & W borders. I'm sure I could find it somewhere else. It's what I was starting to suspect. 

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