Help with Crocosmia

Being new to gardening I will probably post some basic questions, which I hope won't take too much effort for other experienced gardeners to answer. Please be patient with me. Lol.  I planted some crocosmia earlier in the year - they have finished flowering and the leaves are turning yellow. Do I cut them down to the base?  Are they a bulb? Any suggestions On when and what to do. Should I have cut the flowers off when finished to encourage new flowers or doesn't it work like that for this plant?  


  • Hello, I'm a very untidy person/gardener so probably not the best person to advise. They grow off little corn type structures and over time the corns divide so you get more and then more plants grow from them. They can grow quite quick so next year you will have a much bigger patch of them.

    I don't think dead heading would work on these plants, I think once the flowers are over that's it. I tend to leave mine for shelter for insects etc until the Spring and then I remove the dead leaves. I don't think it would hurt to cut them back now. I'm sure someone will be along to give better advice.

    I don't think there are any basic questions, we are all learning all of the timeimage


  • Thanks, I will leave them a bit longer then and if they start to look untidy decide what to do (see if anyone says anything different) at the moment the bulbous bits that were flowers look reasonably nice too so worth leaving for the mo.  Very helpful. Cheers. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    They'll die back and fall over when their time comes Rachie. I'm with hollie in  untidyness. It's good for wildlifeimage

  • You're welcome, I like the spent flowers as well

  • Hiya nut, glad I'm not the only one. I have very dominant untidy genes

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    Me too hollieimage and not just in the garden

  • Don't know if it's a blessing or curse, but OH has those same genes. We live a messy lifeimage

  • The leaves are pretty tough and will have to be cut back at some stage, but you may as well leave them a while if they look OK. The corms stay happily in the ground over the winter - a bit too happily in some cases, as some varieties are quite invasive!

  • Thanks Guys.  Love the advice. 

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