hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

Unauthorized use of a plant doesn't invalidate it's patent

RSS story archive

Re: Spring...

yeah, my iphieons & muscari naturalize all over the place, but I gave up on
crocuses.  Crocus bulbs are squirrel bon-bons and those little buggers eat
them all so I don't bother w/ them here.

On 3/18/10, BONNIE_HOLMES <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net> wrote:
> Many of my spring bulbs naturalize, especially the grape hyacinths. I
> think some must spread by seed. I don't see how else they could get
> where they end up. Of course, critters might also help.
> Crocus
> The crocus is a genus of perennial flowering plants. They belong to the
> family Iridadeae. The flowers of crocus are cup-shaped, solitary, slaver
> form flowers taper off into a narrow tube and seen facing upwards. The
> plants start from a short underground growth, known as corms and are
> mostly hardy perennials and are found surplus in habitats such as
> woodlands, scrub and meadows. Crocuses are the late-winter bulbs, which
> are turned out to be the first blossoms of spring. They are very popular
> for their colors. They are of a wide range of colors. The lilac, mauve,
> yellow and white are the most usual colors and sometimes attractively
> striped. They have grass like leaves; generally have a white central
> stripe along the leaf axis, upon which the flowers appear from late
> winter to early spring.
> Cultivation : The crocuses are very easily grown in large areas of
> central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, across
> Central Asia to western China. There are five main varieties cultivated.
> They are in need of sunny, well-drained area, though a few prefer shades
> in moist soils. Some are suitable for naturalizing grass. The corms must
> be planted 2 to 4 inches deep, 3 to 5 inches apart; in heavy soils a
> quantity of sharp grit should be dug in to improve drainage. Crocuses
> typically have three stamens. The leaves and flowers of crocuses are
> protected from being frozen by a waxy cuticle.
> Propagation : The propagation of the crocus is not a complicated job.
> The crocuses are propagated by two methods; they are by division and by
> seed. Propagation by division is the easiest method. It is very simple
> that, after some years the clumps can be dug up in the autumn and the
> bulbs are divided and replanted. Propagation by seed can be done by the
> following method. Some species of the crocus will seed freely around the
> garden. Seeds are collected from the plants and they are sown in
> well-drained compost when the seeds are ripe. Species of crocus must
> produce plants that are true from seed. Most of the species usually
> flower three years after sowing. Both the methods of propagation are
> followed nowadays, though the method of propagation by division is
> easier. Both of them produce good results.
> http://www.freeplant.net/crocus.html
> Bonnie
> ETN Zone 7
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson" <
> cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:52:01 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Spring...
> I don't know the answer but it sounds very pretty! At least you have
> this nice bright spot amongst all the damage.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:25 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Spring...
> Well, it's yoyo weather again. After all the storms and damage, the
> last two days are beautifully sunny and in the low 60s. The snow and
> ice pack on the back slope are finally gone. We have had two crews
> who cut and hauled away a mammoth amount of broken limbs. We
> are finally able to see just how bad theh damage is. Actually, ours
> is bad but when we drove down-county yesterday we could see much
> worse. Whole swaths looked as if a tornado had been through. Many
> roads were still closed - the thirty-mile trip took us nearly two hours
> because of all the delays and detours.
> On the bright side. Now that the snow is gone, my back slope is
> covered with dozens of purple crocus. I may have planted a few in
> a bed many years ago, but never this drift all down the hill. Add to
> that, they are growing in places upstream of the bed where I might
> have planted some - up behind some boulders and across the
> woodland path. I know bulbs like daffodils will naturalize, but never
> heard of crocus doing it. Chet and I have been arguing about how it
> happens. He thinks they just reseed. I say there is no way reseeding
> could account for some of the odd places they are growing. I know
> bulbs divide, and my guess is that critters - most likely the chipmunks
> that abound in the area, but also possibly squirrels - have carried them
> from one place to another but decided they were not tasty to eat.
> Any of you know the answer?
> Auralie
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

  • References:

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2015 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement