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Re: Spring...

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.

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.


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. 


-----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? 


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