Some of the earliest flowering bulbs. Specie crocus Ruby Giant are a simply stunning deep ruby purple crocus. Dwarf crocus such as Ruby Giant are also good at naturalising they will quickly spread in an area and provide a mass of colour in the early spring.
Specie crocus will bring early colour to the garden or containers. Dwarf or specie crocus are a little smaller than the dutch/large flowering crocus and also flower earlier in January/February. These crocus are some of the earliest bulbs to flower and as such they welcome in the spring after those long winter days.
Plant in soils that are well drained. Cultivate soils to a depth of 10cms and plant bulbs 5-8cms deep and 5-8cms apart. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to help with drainage and plant slightly shallower at 6cms deep. In sandy soils add organic matter to help with fertility. They will naturalise and spread really well. After a number of years they may need to be divided. Dig them up when the flowers have died back and re-plant farther apart.
They are happy in full sun or semi shade in the borders, rockeries, under trees and shrubs and also look superb in containers. Crocus like all bulbs need to be fed so if the soil is not fertile enough use bone meal or similar to feed during the leaf and flower stage.
Ideal foods are well rotted manures, grass clippings, tomato feed and bone meal.
Flowering Height: 10-15cm
Flowering Period: January-February
Aspect: Semi shade to full sun.
Soil type: All free draining soils that are fertile
Tip: Crocus are superb for early spring colour in the garden flowering soon after snowdrops. They will naturalise well for years of colour and work really well in containers or when planted with other specie crocus.
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