In Praise of the Crocus
|Crocus speciosa in enamel container|
I wish now I had had the foresight to plant some crocus bulbs in containers for inside use. I always remember to buy hyacinths and paper white narcissus but never remember the smaller bulbs like crocus and scillas.
These small plants are much better seen at eye level, when you can observe the finer markings on their petals - of course, they still look beautiful planted out in the garden, but I am getting a little creaky in the joints to really get down that far to have a good look.
|Crocus in ceramic bowl|
|Blue Bowl with Crocus|
How to force Crocus flower bulbs for inside use
Fill a bowl with gravel until it is three-quarters full
Press the bulbs down firmly - they should be able to stand up without falling over
Carefully fill the bowl with water until it just reaches the top of the gravel and only just skims the bottom of the bulb
Place in a cool, dark place for six weeks to allow the roots to form
Gently remove the bulbs from the gravel and transplant to a pot containing potting compost
Completely cover the bulb with soil allowing any green shoots to remain uncovered
Place newly potted bulbs in a warm, sunny location for flowers to bloom in approx. 4 to 6 weeks.
Of course, I am giving this advice a little too late, it is only the thought of my outdoor crocus pushing their way through the soil outdoors, that made me wish I had potted some up sooner.
Have you been more organised than me and had the forethought to plant up some bulbs in August to be reaping the benefits now?