Crocus Flower Planting Guide 

crocus flower

crocus flower

Emma Downey

Emma Downey
Gardening Expert

Updated on 6/6/2023

Crocus flowers are among the first flowers to open their petals when spring arrives. Their cheerful blossoms will often open even when there is still snow on the ground if they are growing in frigid areas. Crocus blooms can be found in a variety of pastel hues, including lavender, yellow, cream, white, and purple. These easy-to-grow bulbs will eventually naturalize and multiply, resulting in increased blooms each time they are harvested. Bees who have been hibernating over the winter are attracted to the crocus blossoms because of the golden pollen that is contained within each petal.

Begin With A More Capable Candlestick

There is a clear distinction in quality between the two crocus bulbs when they are placed side by side and compared. Large bulbs, such as the one pictured below on the far left, have a greater amount of food energy stored within them. The end effect is a more robust plant with a greater number of flowers.

crocus flower

crocus flower

Make A Game Plan For Victory

Sunlight Or Partial Shade

Crocus bulbs, also known as corms, can be planted in either direct sunlight or partial shade. Crocus bulbs prefer full sunlight. Because the bulbs flower and then die before the majority of trees and shrubs have their leaves out for the season, it is possible to put them in regions that may be shaded during the warmer months.

Hardiness Zone Map

Crocus flowers can survive the winter in zones 3-8 of the hardiness zone map. For them to blossom successfully, they require a particularly cold winter, just like the majority of other spring-blooming bulbs. This indicates that temperatures have been at or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit for at least ten weeks. If you are unsure about the growing zone that you are in, you can view a zone map by clicking here.

Soil Conditions

crocus flower

crocus flower

Crocus should be planted in soil that is rich in organic matter and has good drainage, just like other spring-flowering bulbs. When the soil is too wet, it might cause the bulbs to rot.

Where The Crocus Should Be Planted

Perennial Gardens

Crocus bulbs are compact and simple to conceal inside flower gardens due to their size. Perennial Gardens You should plant them such that they are visible from the front edge of the area. As soon as the flowers have finished flowering, the foliage will quickly wither and die, making room for other plants.

Rock Gardens

Crocus flowers are able to flourish in the cracks and crevices between rocks and in gravel beds when they are planted there. They will bloom significantly earlier if there is adequate drainage and if there are stones in the area. To make the spectacle last longer, plant a variety of crocus, including large crocus as well as smaller types.

Flowerbeds And Walkways

Crocus flower and other spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, Muscari, and hyacinths should be planted in flowerbeds and walkways to give your flower garden an early head start. Crocus flower bloom in early spring. If you plant a few crocus bulbs near the edge of a sidewalk, pathway, or set of steps, you will be able to appreciate their dainty petals each spring for many years to come.

Lawn And Landscape

Crocus flowers planted beneath trees and shrubs or in the grass itself are a great way to get an early start on spring in your lawn and landscape. Because crocus bulbs are so small and need to be buried at a depth of no more than three inches, it is simple to plant a large number of them in a relatively short period of time. They have the most natural appearance when planted in clusters or drifts, much as one would find them growing in the wild.

crocus flower

crocus flower

How To Plant Crocus

When to Plant

Crocus bulbs should be planted in the fall, after the temperature has dropped but before the earth has frozen over completely. Plant the bulbs as soon as possible once you have received them for the best possible results.

Depth And Spacing

Crocus looks their best when they are planted in groupings of three to nine bulbs, depending on the depth of the planting hole. Plant them three inches deep and space them three inches apart in the center.

Planting Tips

Crocus flowers are not picky about their environment and will do well in practically any location you choose to put them. Although they thrive in soil that is sandy or clay, they can also grow in soils that are loose and have good drainage.

In contrast to several other types of bulbs, Crocus flowers are not bothered by the presence of competition from nearby plants. Ensure the foliage gets enough sunshine until it has completely fallen off.

Crocus bulbs are sometimes dug up and eaten by rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks. If these annoying animals are a problem in your yard, you may protect newly planted bulbs from them by enclosing the area with screening or by spraying the soil with a scent repellent. Both of these methods will help.

What Should Be Expected

The flowering time for the crocus flowers ranges from the end of winter to the beginning of April. They arrive on the site in a very short amount of time. One day there will be no indication of growth; the next day, you can find them in bloom. This phenomenon is unpredictable. The flowers of the crocus do not have stalks. At the same time that the leaves push through the soil, the buds also begin to emerge. In most cases, a single bulb will produce a series of blossoms in rapid succession.

During the time of year when you have the greatest need for flowers in your yard, planting a few handfuls of crocus bulbs will provide an abundance of blooms. The crocus flower is another flower that bees can use as an early and significant source of food. You can observe them excitedly gathering the rich, golden-yellow pollen on days when the sun is shining.

Snow and bitter cold can cause harm to crocus blossoms that have already opened, but this will not affect the bulb or the flowers that will bloom in the future.

Caring For Crocus After They Bloom

Removing the spent blossoms from crocus bulbs is unnecessary after they have completed their flowering cycle because the blossoms will quickly wither and disappear. Permit the growth of the foliage to continue. The leaves will turn a yellowish color once a few weeks have passed. You may either do nothing and let them dry up and fall off on their own, or you can give the foliage a light pull so that it pulls away from the bulb.

If you put crocus bulbs on your lawn, you should wait to mow that area until the foliage of the bulbs starts to die off before you do so. Because of this, the bulbs will have the necessary time to store energy to produce blossoms the following year.

crocus flower

crocus flower

Large clumps of crocus flower have a tendency, with the passage of time, to grow overcrowded and produce fewer flowers. If this occurs, the bulbs should be dug up not long after they have finished flowering (so you still know where they are). After you have replanted the bulbs, divide the clumps into smaller clusters and leave a significant amount of space between each new cluster of bulbs. You can either plant the surplus bulbs in different locations or give them away to your friends.