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Crocosmia Lucifer advise needed

Posted by fritzmom 3 / 4 (fritzmom@rainyday.ca) on
Thu, Feb 11, 10 at 18:34

Hi All

I have some Lucifer Crocosmia corms from 2 summers ago. They were dug up and forgotten in our basement. I am planning on purchasing some more corms this Spring, but am not sure on when to start them indoors. I live just outside Winnipeg MB and spring starts here....whenever it feels like it LOL. So my 3 questions are: 1. if starting in 6" pots, how long before planting to being large enough to go outside? 2. any chance of the forgotten ones growing? 3. Has someone had luck leaving them in the ground overwinter in this zone?? I do overwinter in the ground zone 4a and 4b plants with no problems.

Thanks all for any advise and tips
Barb


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RE: Crocosmia Lucifer advise needed

A challenge indeed for your zone. If you know of a protected spot with good drainage but receives lots of snow cover, try planting a couple corms deeply in late May. They should grow leaves but perhaps not flower until the corms bulk up a bit more and flower the following year if ground isn't frozen too deeply. I think wet rot is their demise.
Otherwise plant started corms deep into a large pot. Tuck the pot in between other plants, shrubs, for partial sun protection. (Same applies for above.) You could bring the pot inside next fall. They will multiply like crazy if kept in soil!
Perhaps some of your forgotten corms have life in them. Pick through them. If they fall apart when rolling in your fingers they are toast. Smile.


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