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Crocosmia Lucifer. I bought this tiny plant for 60p from a stall outside someone's house. Should I keep it in a pot for this year and plant out next year? I don't know how fast I should expect it to grow!Thanks in anticipation



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I would plant it out now. Looks a young plant so you may not get much flowering this year but it will be fine in the ground.

18 Jun, 2012

 

I agree. They grow quite big and it would do better in the ground, I think.

18 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks - I'll put it out then but will have to put an armed guard round against the slugs. They'd eat it in seconds!

18 Jun, 2012

 

You might be lucky - my slugs don't seem to bother it!

18 Jun, 2012

 

Crocosmia lucifer does grow rather tall but is a vivid red colour.The nicest I think.They spread quite rapidly too.

18 Jun, 2012

 

They self seed too - these look like young seedlings to me so they may not flower next year. It might be an idea to keep them in the pot for the "summer" and plant the corms out in the autumn when it won't much matter if the roots are damaged. They could do with more space between than they have in that pot when they go into the ground. They are gorgeous.

18 Jun, 2012

 

I would say - Plant it out. Let it grow into the space allotted to it and then stand back as it takes over...! :)

Lovely colour on Lucifer. Be ruthless in future years, it can be a thug,

19 Jun, 2012

 

Over ruled -OK plant it out then! Doesn't really matter either way.

19 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you all very much! The Lucifer is to go at the back of a bed filled with rudbeckia, heleniums,asters and another shorter crocosmia whose name I've forgotten. I think after consideration I'll keep it in a pot until the autumn to grow bigger because all those other plants won't let it get much light until it is taller - the bed backs onto raised vegetable beds.

19 Jun, 2012

 

I have some other crocosmia in a pot doing just that right now.

21 Jun, 2012

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