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I bought these Crocus sativus bulbs yesterday and they have started shooting . It says on the packet that they can be allowed to flower inside for the first year and it will not affect their flowering in future years. Any information would be appreciated.

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You have just found Amy's blog and so got most of your answeres from that, Scotsgran. You will have seen that these are autumn flowering crocus and so should have been in the ground a long time ago and already be at the end of their flowering period. Regardless, get them in a decent sized pot asap and see what happens. Do you have a cold greenhouse to put them in when the weather gets bad? They could well give you late flowers this year but I am concerned that they may not have time to put down roots to build up their energy for next year. They won't die but you could be left with very small corms that will need to be grown on for a further year or two before they get to flowering size again.

30 Oct, 2011


Thank you BB I did wonder. You would think GCs would at least reduce these bulbs if they are so far past their planting time. I understand what you are saying about them not being able to sustain flowering next year. Should I feed them with anything. I can put them in a cold greenhouse or I have some of those domes for putting over plants which are a bit tender. I also have spare sheetsofheavy glass which I could use on supports. I should have read the packet before buying.

30 Oct, 2011


My experience is that Saffron Crocus corms rarely flower the first year, anyway. I would pot them up and try to keep anything but light frost off of them during their winter growing season.

31 Oct, 2011


Thank you Tug. I'm not sure they will ever flower here because if this year is anything to go by it will be too cold and wet unless I have them inside.

31 Oct, 2011


That's why Saffron beds were considered rare and valuable assets in Medieval Europe. Also, most of Europe has summers too wet for Saffron to thrive. Possibly especially Scotland! : ) If you have an area where Mediterranean plants, such as lavenders, thrive, you might try it there.

1 Nov, 2011


Yes I do Tug. Its at the foot of a west facing wall and is only a foot wide so that might work. I'll let you know.

1 Nov, 2011

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