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Moving Crocosmia Lucifer

I planted this last year, the leaves came up but no flowers. I think this might be due to the soil being too rich?  I had made a new border and put compost, manure and leaf mould in it.

I am thinking of moving the crocosmia, but I have a shady garden and I am running out of sunny spots.

Could I plant it under the turf at the corner of the lawn? Would it grow through like bulbs?  I have an area in mind at the bottom of some steps. I can't really have a bare patch of soil the turf would have to go back over.

Many thanks


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,402
    It may be taking some time to get established.
    I split some clumps last autumn and they have only produced a few flowers compared with normal and a young plant will be similar.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,005
    I'd agree with @Buttercupdays - it will just be establishing. I've just split some of mine and it's as described.
    It's the same with many plants, so I wouldn't worry too much. Perennials can take a few years to reach full maturity  :)

    It wouldn't work planting it under turf  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,633
    It does take a bit of shade and yes, it will grow through grass. Our local garden centre has massive clumps of it coming up in the road verges by their gate.

    But as has been said, you may just need to be a little patient
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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