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Ever tried planting crocuses this late?

I'm tempted to get some crocus bulbs. Is it best to: 
a) pop them in the ground now and hope for the best (we're yet to have a hard frost... Winter feels late this year...)
b) store them until October to plant (do they keep well?)
c) forget about it until next autumn, buying bulbs nearer the time?

FWIW I'm in the South East and have a sheltered north-facing garden.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,619
    If you find some on sale, soak them in cold water for a couple of hours to re-hydrate them then plant immediately.  If you leave them till next autumn they'll shrivel and die.

    Otherwise, wait till next autumn and plant fresh bulbs.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,389
    If you've seen some, as opposed to buying them unseen, and they don't look too dried out, buy them and bung them in pots or in the ground. They're quite forgiving.
    Anything shrivelled, as Obelixx says, isn't likely to do well though, so better to buy fresh later in the year.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 574
    You should be able to purchase small pots of crocus already growing within the next couple of weeks at most good Garden Centres. They will be more reliable than crossing your fingers and hoping any dry corms found for sale now are still viable.
    Packets and loose bulbs/corms are on sale from early August, so any left over now are probably not worth buying.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
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