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mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
Hi all 

Total newbie to gardening and plants, but thoroughly enjoying it  I've recently laid a lawn and now I am tackling a part of the borders. 

I went to our local garden centre yesterday for some inspiration. I really liked some crocosmia they had but they were £9 a plant and id like multiple. Yet they had bulbs at much cheaper. 

My question is, is it too late to plant the bulbs now? I don't mind if they won't flower this year now, as long as they are in place when I plant the rest of the border  

TIA
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  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,003
    I reckon if you plant them now they will be fine, and you will probably still get a few blooms this year. £9 a plant is pretty hefty for crocosmia, the bulbs multiply like crazy, if you dont mind waiting then bulbs every time 
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    Awesome. Thank you for your help  Yes I was surprised at the price, especially once I learned that they are bulbs
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    Lots of sites say Sept/October, others say early spring, but an article by Monty in May 2014 says it's not too late to plant....http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-2640346/Bulbs-really-light-home-not-late-plant-gorgeous-summer-bulbs-save-fortune-florists-says-Monty-Don.html If you are not desperate for them to flower, give it a try I say, but then I can be a little gungho when it comes to planting stuff lol!
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,003
    I planted a load of GC reduced bulbs last year in about mid june. A few bloomed late on, and they all made growth. It looks as though most of them are coming through this year so I think they will be fine in May 
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    Lovely. That's great news  Thank you 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,997
    Look and see if any of your neighbours have got any. They would probably be glad to give you some for nothing!
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,021
    I had hundreds I just gave away, I could have sent you some. Ho hum.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,512
    Jellyfire said:
    £9 a plant is pretty hefty for crocosmia, the bulbs multiply like crazy, if you dont mind waiting then bulbs every time 
    They must be fancy varieties for that price surely? I bet more corms are thrown away each year than are sold. It's almost criminal to charge for them.
    A great library has something in it to offend everybody.
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    I got confused with another plant. They were £7 but still pretty pricey, right? 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,703
    That looks a good pot full for £6.99.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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