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Is our Crocosmia doomed?

BrodiePBrodieP Posts: 21
We purchased a couple of hundred bulbs through the subscribers special offers (Thompson and Morgan) and all arrived in perfect condition apart from the Crocosmia Fire King. The bulbs (corms?) were a bit soft and mouldy - but as we'd already planted everything else we thought we'd be as well to chuck them in a (separate) pot anyway, expecting very little or nothing to happen.

Fast forward a few weeks and these have sprung up. Now, were they doomed from the start as the bulbs were mouldy and squishy; will they survive? Or will this growth be inevitably short lived and should we expect them to quiver and die in the near future?

(Yes the soil in the pot is currently far too wet - victim of a very enthusiastic toddler with a watering can)

Thanks a million for any thoughts 🙃


  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378
    They don’t look like crocosmia to me. Have you planted any other bulbs in that pot?
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    I would contact T and M send them a picture say you want a refund or more bulbs
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,742
    No, I’ve never seen Crocosmia that look like that either.🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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  • delskidelski Posts: 274
    If they were "soft and mouldy" I'd have rejected them from the start. Bulbs should be firm otherwise they are rotting.
  • BrodiePBrodieP Posts: 21
    edited April 2021
    They're the only things in the pot and the only bulbs in the (obviously mis-printed) packet 🤣
    Any ideas as to what they are?!
    I'm a novice so no expert at identifying plants....or bulbs either for that matter 😉

    ETA - now you mention it, they don't look like the Crocosmia we already have, either 😆

    ...... and everything else we've had from T&M has been whilst I'm confident I didn't mix the bulbs around there's absolutely no guarantee 🤦🏼‍♂️
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,378
    🤔 not sure, they look like alliums, but the only way to know for sure is to wait and see.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,123
    If the leaves smell oniony that would point towards alliums, but it's anybody's guess which kind.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BrodiePBrodieP Posts: 21
    edited April 2021
    We've loads of alliums - so this may well be the case - albeit none of them look like these, the ones we have are more 'grassy'.
    Thanks for your replies guys 👍🏻🌷 We'll wait and see !
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