information: The Crocus family is quite large
containing over 60 varieties of dwarf plants. It is easy to tell
which flowering bulb is a Crocus. They are small and compact.
Nearly every species has a white stripe down the center of
When selecting a Crocus look for plants with foliage that is
held up from the soil. Crocus leaves do not stand straight up like
other bulb plants. They are slightly arched. Pay attention to the tips of each
leaf and avoid
plants with yellowed or brown tips. If possible select a plant in
a tight bud stage, like the pictured plant.
Once your new Crocus arrives at home place it in bright indirect
light away from heat sources, such as TV's or heat ducts. Heat
will speed up the natural flowering process shortening the life
span of your plant.
Crocus are usually potted in a sandy soil which
provides excellent drainage for your plant. Be sure to set your
plant in a saucer or drip tray to catch the extra water that is sure to
run out. Water your plant every couple of days. Fertilizing is not
necessary. Once your Crocus has finished flowering recycle it to
the compost pile and just replace it
with a new flowering plant.
Forced bulbs will not re-flower if
planted outdoors. Your local Colorado Garden Center or Floral Shop will have
Crocus available in 6" containers from late December thru