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Crocosmia 'Solfatare'

Some years ago we bought a pot of Crocosmia 'Solfatare' from a local nursery. As we lived in Yorkshire at the time, where the winters can be quite severe and because we knew that in the short to medium term we would be moving house, I kept it in a pot where it thrived.

In fact it did so well I was able to divide it many times and in the end had about 9 pots, which all seemed to be doing well.

I admit that whilst househunting between Yorkshire and Lincolnshire I did take my eye off the ball and realised one day none of the pots were flowering at all.

Once we moved here I removed the plants in each pot, teased out all the weed roots that had accumulated  and re-potted them all in new compost.

Still no flowers, so I decided they might just be fed up of being in pots for so long and planted them all out into the garden last year. This summer only one clump has flowered, which you can see here.

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I'm really at a loss as what to do next. Any ideas?

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,945

    Isn't it crocosmia that flower on new bulbs made ever year, if so, you need to collect the new bulbs they've made and not plant the old ones back, maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I do. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

    The new corms form on top of the old ones. Only use the new corms, seprate out in winter, Plant in a sunny position a few inches apart. Too much nitrogen and they make all leaves and no flowers.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Thanks for this, I'll give it a go.

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