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light requirements for Crocosmia

Posted by toad_ca z7b Bellingham, WA (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 24, 13 at 15:17

I just bought a Montbretia 'Babylon' ( Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Babylon' ) and the tag says that the light requirements are "Sun to Part Shade." I was a little suspicious, so I Googled the plant and found that most--but not all--sites specified full sun. Given our NW intense but fleeting summer sun, I'm not sure where to put the plant. I wanted it for a partial sun spot. Thoughts?

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RE: light requirements for Crocosmia

Shoot for a location that receives at least 6 hours. You should be fine.

RE: light requirements for Crocosmia

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 0:16

Clumps are thinner and floppier when shaded. Expect to be dealing with mites wherever you put it, as these are very common on this genus here - I even see recently delivered stock at retail outlets with obvious infestations. Existing plantings are often partly browned by their attentions at this point in the season.

RE: light requirements for Crocosmia

It's interesting, I had some Lucifer that was too vigorous for the place I put it. So, I dug it up, probably 2 years ago, and some of it ended up being thrown down the hillside. A few weeks ago, I found it blooming happily. It was under a tree but got a lot of western sun. I think they are very forgiving, but too much shade means not so many flowers.

RE: light requirements for Crocosmia

  • Posted by toad_ca z7b Bellingham, WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 12:49

Thank you all for your responses. I decided my original spot was just too shaded, so I found a sunnier one. Glad I checked on the web and with you folks. I've been finding that plant tags are good starting points--as in: general suggestions--but local conditions and other opinions/experiences have been more valuable in the long run. Thanks again!

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