Crocus Growing Guide

Planting Crocus

  • Plant these bulbs in fall.
  • Plant them with the pointy end up in a sunny to semi-shaded area about 8 cm (3 in) deep and 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 in) apart.
  • If you have trouble with gophers or squirrels eating your bulbs, try sprinkling red pepper in the holes, covering the bulbs with chicken-wire, surrounding bulbs with sharp shards of gravel or other substance, or planting rodent-repelling bulbs like Fritillaria nearby.
  • These bulbs do best in well-drained soil.

Growing Crocus

  • Because these bulbs flower so early, crocus adapt well to planting in lawns and will multiply over time to cover large areas.
  • These bulbs look good planted in groups at the base of trees or in wooded areas.
  • Plant in groups of twenty or more bulbs which then appear more natural.

Care Crocus

  • If bulbs are naturalized in lawns wait to mow until foliage has died back.
  • These bulbs get on well with other spring- blooming bulbs and can easily be layered with other bulbs to create a burst of colour.

Winterizing Crocus

  • These bulbs are great for naturalizing and almost require no care.
  • If your crocus seem to perform poorly, the most likely reason is over-watering in the summer. Crocus prefer their soil damper in the spring and fall, but dry and warm during the summer.