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Crocus

Krokusse kaufen Lubera

If you buy and plant crocuses now, you can look forward to their delicate blossoms next spring. These flowers like to grow wild in the lawn or form larger groups in a perennial flowerbed. They are also suitable for small containers on a balcony. As early as February wild botanical types such as the delicate blue crocus (Crocus thommasinianus) and the snow crocus (Crocus chrysanthus) are in bloom. In March, the classic large-flowered hybrids of the classic garden varieties start to bloom.

These flowering delights should not be missing in any garden, so it's always worth buying one, two or many more! They are among the first and most popular spring bloomers. And they really fit everywhere. Even those who have no more space in the garden will be able to plant a handful of these bulbs between shrubs or bushes. The first early flowering varieties will show up already in late winter. The buds peek cheekily out of the blanket of snow, and as soon as the sun shines, the flowers open. They look very delicate but are incredibly robust. Even if it snows again later, they will not break. Later in March and into April the bigger garden types will bloom. In addition to the classic varieties in white, yellow and purple, the two-tone varieties are particularly popular, for example, the white-violet striped 'Striped Beauty'. The most popular, large, white crocuses include 'Jeanne d'Arc'. The yellow variety 'Yellow Mammouth' is also well known, as it the violet-coloured variety 'Remembrance'. Because they bloom for several months, buying these lovely flowers means paying attention to picking early as well as later varieties in order to be able to enjoy them for a particularly long time.

Buy for Colourful Spring Displays

Crocuses look especially pretty in the garden when different types are mixed up in different colours: yellow, violet, white, and, in addition, striped varieties that rise out of the lawn like funny clowns. These blooms are always fresh and cheerful, you can combine them at will in any way imaginable. There is really no combination that would not fit when designing a garden display with them you really cannot go wrong, and their cheerful flowers are always welcome after the long winter. You can also buy crocuses if you have a garden at higher altitudes or have very cold corners. Their small tubers tolerate low temperatures and even in containers on the balcony, they can freeze completely and then bloom early, as if nothing had happened. If you are impatient, you can also plant a few nodules in small containers and drive them in a dark place in the apartment. Even in the greenhouse or in a bright staircase, they will flower a little earlier.

   
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Botanical Crocus 'Cream Beauty'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

£2.80 *

Botanical Crocus 'Romance'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance'

£2.00 *

Botanical Crocus 'Snowbunting'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Snowbunting'

£2.80 *

Botanical Crocus 'Spring Beauty'

Crocus minimus 'Spring Beauty'

£4.40 *

Botanical Crocus 'Tricolor'

Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor'

£2.40 *

Crocus

Crocus korolkowii

£3.10 *

Early Crocus

Crocus tommasinianus

£2.80 *

Early Crocus 'Barr's Purple'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple'

£2.40 *

Early Crocus 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'

£2.00 *

Large-flowered Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc'

Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc'

£2.00 *

   
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Buying for colourful spring displaysKrokusse kaufen Lubera Krokusknollen Blumenzwiebeln

Crocuses look especially pretty in the garden when different types are mixed up in different colours: yellow, violet, white, and, in addition, striped varieties that rise out of the lawn like funny clowns. These blooms are always fresh and cheerful; you can combine them at will in any way imaginable. There is really no combination that would not fit when designing a garden display with them. You really cannot go wrong and their cheerful flowers are always welcome after the long winter. You can also buy crocuses if you have a garden at higher altitudes or have very cold corners. Their small tubers tolerate low temperatures and even in containers on the balcony, they can freeze completely and then bloom early, as if nothing had happened. If you are impatient, you can also plant a few bulbs in small containers and force them in a dark place in the apartment. Even in a greenhouse or in a bright staircase, they will flower a little earlier.

Growing requirements

Crocuses thrive in any normal garden soil and also in containers. Only too much moisture and waterlogging are not tolerated. On the other hand, the soil can be sandy and also a bit lean. Loose, humus-rich soil is also suitable; they also like to grow wild in the grass or under bushes and they can also grow in small groups in a rock garden. During flowering in the spring, they need as much sun as possible. If they grow under bushes or in a perennial flower bed, it does not matter if they then slumber later in the season in the shade of the other plants. Shade in the spring causes them to form much fewer flowers, and over time this means that they do not multiply so well. In a sunny, warm location, like in a rock garden, they multiply joyfully by themselves.

Origin and characteristics

Originally, the wild forms of crocuses come from the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. There are many species particularly in Turkey and Greece, but also in the Middle East and wild types can be found all the way to China. There are a total of about 90 different species and there are numerous subspecies and many bred hybrids.

The tubers are botanically not bulbs. Rather, they are stalk tubers that arise from a thickening of the stems. The tubers are one year old. After flowering, they form daughter tubers, and the old tuber dies afterwards. The leaves are long and narrow and they are reminiscent of blades of grass. Wild varieties bloom in February and March; the large-flowered garden hybrids bloom in part until April.

Buying and planting

When buying these gorgeous temptations you should not choose too few because they always look better in larger groups. In October and November, the bulbs should be planted about 6 to 10 centimetres deep into the ground. The shoot tip should look as upwards as possible. In cold areas, you can also plant the tubers a bit deeper. If the soil is rocky, you can plant them only 5 inches deep, and then cover them with leaves. The best displays always come in groups. You should plant about a dozen together, with a distance of about 6 to 10 centimetres between each bulb. If you arrange them irregularly, they look more natural.

The tubers are small, and who has ever planted hundreds of crocuses knows how tedious the planting is. But there are some tricks that make this work easier. In the lawn, you do this so that you remove a larger piece of the turf. Unravel the soil underneath. Then simply sprinkle the tubers like seeds. They then accidentally fall to the ground as if they had landed there by themselves. Then put the turf back in place and press it down carefully. That’s it. Ideally, these spring delights are planted like all flower bulbs so that the shoot tip looks upwards. But if they are spread in large quantities, that is almost impossible. And it does not matter too much if they face upwards because the shoots then automatically turn upwards as they grow. The other way is to plant the bulbs in smaller groups individually in the lawn or in a bed. It is worthwhile to align the shoot tips upwards. And then it is just a matter of waiting a few years until they naturalise. If they like the location, they will diligently proliferate themselves.

For a spring balcony

You can happily buy a few more tubers than needed for the garden because they are also ideal for containers. They can be planted excellently in a classic pot or other balcony containers and they can be combined with other container flowers. Simply place a small group of 5 or 7 tubers between the other plants in the balcony soil. If the boxes are not very deep, the tubers should be in the middle of the soil. Make sure that the shoot tips point upwards.

They can also be arranged alone in pretty pots. The distance can then be a little smaller than in the garden, and you can pack the tubers closer together. Cover with a bit of moss and bits of bark so that it looks natural. If the tubers are planted very densely in the pots they will still bloom really well in the first spring. But they cannot continue to grow so crowded together for years. After flowering, they should then be allowed to recharge, or give them some more space in another pot for the next year.

Growing indoors

The small tubers are also good for growing indoors, much like hyacinths. In November they can be placed on a small, water-filled pot that is located in a dark spot until the leaves show up. Then they should be brought to a bright window sill where they soon bloom. Or you can plant them in pots with soil and just wait until they bloom by themselves on the window sill or in another bright place.

Pests and diseases

These flowers are very robust and easy to care for, so they are worth buying and planting because you will enjoy them for a long time. Too much moisture and certain fungi can cause the tubers to rot. In this case, you should remove and dispose of them. Do not plant any other tubers or bulbs in this area for a long period of time. However, this rarely happens. It is also important to ensure that the tubers do not suffer from waterlogging. In particular, when put in containers, the saucers must be emptied so that the soil is never too wet. On the other hand, the tubers have almost no pests. Only mice or badgers like to eat the tubers. In this case, it is important to plant the tubers in wire baskets and/or to drive out the predators.

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