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Lucifer in Pots

After moving to new house the only plant I am interested in saving is the Lucifer. I cut back and killed off the entire plot in summer but dug up the Lucifer's.


They are potted over winter and were seemingly doing well until recently when the tips started to turn brown. Is this a caused by a combination of colder weather and being potted?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    They die back in winter, I should think they're okimage

    (I assume you mean Crocosmia 'Lucifer', if not, ignore my comment)image

  • Yes that's the one I just forget the proper name.


    Thanks for clearing that up.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,013

    Its a job to kill them off Anderson, they do die down then come back with a vengeance in the Spring.

    They probably went brown because of being in pots, they like to stretch themselves. Plant them out as soon as you can in the Spring, try to catch them before new growth comes.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I would imagine there are still some in the garden as well.image

    They don't give up that easily. As Lyn says. they come back with a vengeanceimage

  • Hi Anderson yes very tough plant and it should be fine. I found a few long narrow leaves in the corner of my boarder, left them as I didn't know what they where now 2 years on this year they have gone crazy and for the first time it flowered this year,It looked like it belongs to the Crocosmia variety as it had orange flowers in stead of red like the Lucifer,  but it is starting to get out of had and I will be digging some of them up next year.


    The thing is I don't know where they came from as they started sprouting up right against the dividing fence panel, I even thought they spread from next door, and I asked if I could have a look as we are on good terms (I am one of the lucky ones)  to my amazement they didn't have a single one. Only thing I can think of is from bird droppings carrying the seeds. Other than that I haven't got a clue how they got there.

  • Sure birds are the likely culprit, but nice surprise for a change 

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