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Autumn Crocus (Colchicum)

Autumn Crocus  (Colchicum)

In my Son's garden, They make a wonderful show of colour but spoilt by rain

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Beautiful colour

6 Oct, 2008


Hi Poaannua ~
I've been trying to find out more about Colchium.

This was a reply given by Ronniebrum to Hywel's Colchium photo:
They are ideal planted in amongst other plants to provide adequate support for the flowers. The leaves in spring will be quite big. Try planting them amongst low growing autumn species, as this means the flowers are supported but the leaves have no competition.

Poaannua : What low growing autumn species would you suggest please.
( Nothing too difficult to obtain! )

Now here is part of my own question in my blog Beg, Steal or Borrow:

Some weeks ago, Lamp-post Man gave me an old bucket full of muddy bulbs. I planted these in two pots, and now I have the most marvellous display of purple autumn crocus. I'm not sure what to do with them after flowering? Can they stay in the pots or should I take them out and dry them? If they do stay in the pots should I keep the compost moist or can I let it dry out till the spring?

So many questions. Lamp-post man says the bulbs produce leaves in the spring, which then look ugly as they die off. Any more info. very welcome please. Thanks.

Poaanua : Can you please answer any of my questions above.

7 Oct, 2008

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