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Found these in a drawer, what are they?

Getting round to doing some pots later, so start getting things together and I found these in a drawer, the bag doesn't say much apart from product:nd 22635 use by June. First glance I thought crocus but they are tiny so my second guess is crocosmia?! There's also 5 strange shriveled things at the bottom, they were loose in the drawer so no clues there. Any ideas please I don't remember buying them or how long they have been there image




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    I think the ones in the bag and at the top are crocus but no idea about the shrivelled ones

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks just seem small to the crocus romance corms I have now..Do you think I could use them or would I be better off with new, I really have no idea how long they have been hiding!

  • Wonder if the bigger bulbs could be shrivelled dog tooth violets?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,721

    freesias? or anemone de caen? No real idea though. 

    I'd plant them , nowt to lose.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    The crocus might be small because they've shrunk with time or because they're one of the smaller species rather than over-large cultivated ones

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hosta don't think they are anemone, the anemone de caen i had in the post the other day were darker and a lot harder, won't rule out freesia and the violets though!

    Definetley will put them in and see if they flower, does it matter if they are dried up? should I soak them? And for the crocus do i space as if they are normal sized or do you think I would be able to pop them between some tulips? Thanks all and sorry for the interrogation! 

  • Could the shrivelled corms be cyclamen. They are out at the moment. Do not put them in too deep. Find a sheltered space & put them in. But do put a marker, or like me you could keep digging them up.

    The smaller shrivelled things sound familiar, but cannot remember what they are.

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    I wonder if the shrivelled ones are Ranunculus. :::::: sorry about spelling.

    I have had these a few years ago,In the instructions it said to soak them for twelve hours before planting .It was amazing how  they swelled up  after absorbing  water .

    But whatever yours are why don't you try soaking just one of them- see what happens ?

  • I'd bung them in a pot about half an inch down (if they're cyclamen they'll grow and you can dig the top off, if not you can add more compost as they grow up),

    stick them somewhere frost free and see what pops up next year!

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