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bobloesbobloes Posts: 134

Hi All

Just received an order of allium bulbs from Parkers and got 100 crocus free.  I thought I would just plant them in the lawn so that after flowering I can just chop them with the first lawn cut.  Is that dumb or any other suggestions?  Thanks


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,127

    Depends when your first cut is! Like all bulbs crocus need their leaves to build up reserves for next years flowers. This takes around 6 weeks, then the leaves begin to die back and then you can cut. I plant mine in a patch around a tree and then leave the grass there longer, but cut it shorter round the perimeter. This makes it look deliberate, rather than just a mess!


    I've got mine planted in a bit of flower bed that I've covered with ornamental gravel, so I can leave them to die back without disturbing them.  I then stand pots of pansies on the gravel to add spring colour and draw the eye away from the yellowing crocus leaves.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    As buttercup says - you need to let them die down so it might mean your grass will have to wait a little for the first cut of the new year. Round a tree is the best way but if you don't have one, you could try having a strip along one edge which you can leave for a little longer if necessary. It won't look so messy that way.

    I mainly have mine in borders in pots. A big pot crammed with them can look superb. It's surprising how quickly you can use 100 bulbs that way!  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 134

    Thanks very much.  I knew I had to let the leaves regain energy etc but not how long so that is very useful.  But even more so are the ideas about how/where else to plant them.  Bit of a lack of imagination so thanks again.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,496


     Three layers of crocuses in a pot image


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    This is one of mine - a 15inch pot crammed with Joan of Arc crocus - about 50 or 60 in total


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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