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Anemone de Caen

Spring has sprung at last and in my front patch are a couple of anemone de Caen plants in full flower. I am overjoyed with them and next year would like to have loads more. I have some brown crinkly, and I think they may be called corms, please correct me if I am wrong, ready for planting. I’m told to soak them overnight in water before planting out.
The big question is to get them to flowering next year at this time 5 th March. What date do I soak them and plant out. Also, what do I do to keep them good and viable in the meantime. Many thanks. Valerie 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    Soak them now for 24 hours then plant in good soil.

    They need a sunny, sheltered site with well-drained soil so they don't rot, especially over winter - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/26664/i-Anemone-coronaria-i-De-Caen-Group/Details 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • @Obelixx thank you. Sounds like I’m just in time to get them going for flowers next March. I really love the shape and colour saturation of these lovely flowers. They also last a long time in water I find. Thanks again. Valerie 
  • @Obelixx do you happen to know what time I should plant out some free bulbs of the small type of gladioli I have been given with my order. They would be perfect if they bloomed in August. Is that possible ? Thank you Valerie 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    Wait till the worst of the frosts are over - if memory serves me well - or plant them in pots of compost and keep sheltered in a frost free place to grow on till you can safely transplant them outside.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • @Obelixx ok I can do that, but when do you think I should plant them in the compost to flower for August. 
    Thank you, Valerie 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,561
    Sorry, I've never tried to target a flowering time to a particular date.

    This video made for the RHS may help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/virtual-chelsea/tuesday/pheasant-acre

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • @Obelixx many thanks,  that’s perfect. I shall plant half end of April and the other half mid May. Looking forward to a succession of blooms for the house. Cheers Valerie 
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