Crocus tommasinianus is regarded as the best winter flowering Crocus species to naturalise into the garden or lawn. Also known as the early crocus it is one of the first to flower.
Used in rock gardens, crevice gardens as well as growing in containers and in the general garden, Crocus tommasinianus will grow from seed and is an easy care ‘no fuss’ species.
Mid lavender to violet coloured flowers fading to a white stem with a bright orange yellow stamen it adds colour in winter months.
How to Grow Crocus tommasinianus
In a well drained soil and a sunny position this is an easy crocus to grow.
- The best time to plant the corms is in autumn.
- Corms/bulbs should be planted at around 3 inches (7-8cm) deep and around the same distance apart
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Fertiliser is generally not needed in good soils.
- Propagation by seed is possible although seed can be difficult to collect. In good conditions seeds will germinate where they fall.
- Propagation is also possible by division of established clumps. Division is best carried out in late summer to autumn.
Avoid cutting back the old foliage, let it die back naturally as this allows it to return energy to the corms for next seasons flowers.
In poorer soils, a little blood and bone, or organic liquid fertiliser after flowering should be adequate.
Crocus tommasinianus is available for sale from the following participating nurseries
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