Crocuses are some of the most vividly, vibrantly beautiful flowering plants, and are therefore widely popular among gardeners in the know. They mix well with creeping or dense greenery, and will push their way right up through even the densest vegetation and burst into colorful bloom. While new gardeners may feel intimidated by the process of planting and caring for crocus bulbs, the process is easier than it may appear. With understanding of the crocus growth cycle, it becomes possible to plant, grow, and cultivate these glorious additions to any garden or landscape.
Upon first examination, the crocus bulb can be a confusing sight. As a member of the "corm" species of flowering plant, crocus bulbs have an "up" side and a "down" side. You can tell the top from the bottom by the shape. The bottom, or root side, is flat. The top, or flowering side, is pointed.
Crocus are spring blooming plants, which means bulbs should be planted with adequate lead time to give the new plant time to break soil, grow, and flower in early spring. This means that the best time to plant Crocus bulbs is in early autumn, and no later than mid-November. Crocuses grow best in mild to moderate climates with sandy, gritty soil; they enjoy sunlight, but can also tolerate shade.
Dig a hole at least three inches deep, and plant the bulb firmly in the bottom and cover with dirt. Depending on the size of the particular Crocus, plant bulbs between three and six inches apart. Ensure that the soil has adequate drainage and is well-fertilized upon initial planting for best results.
Following these simple instructions ensures a beautiful spring bloom season that will be enjoyed by gardener and spectators alike.