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Crocus sativus

Crocus sativus

Crocus sativus


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The crocus is typically associated with the first sign of spring, but this autumn-blooming variety gets you ready for winter by making your garden look like a jewelry box all fall.

Introduced to Europe from the Middle East around 1800, this showy fall-blooming Crocus is the source of saffron, the quintessential seasoning for paella and other dishes from the Mediterranean and Asia. Each lilac-purple flower produces three red stigmas, which have been used for flavoring and coloring food since Roman times. Fall-blooming Crocus is compact and just a few inches tall, but what a show it produces! The flowers have a chalice shape and open wide, revealing darker blue veins, lively orange styles, and bright yellow anthers.

This crocus grows well in zones 3 to 8 and can tolerate the first freeze of the year. In fact, it may just be settling in for a nap when spring crocus begin to emerge.

The fall-blooming crocus can be planted in a garden or in a container. Bury it randomly throughout the lawn for an unexpected burst of color reminiscent of its native growth in the forests and along the hillsides of Turkey and parts of the Middle East.

The fall garden is always in need of some brilliant color, and we gardeners are always in need of another low-maintenance plant to carry us through the busy days of falling leaves and garden clean-up! Treat your landscape to Fall-blooming Crocus, and keep the color coming into the cooler weather!

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Wayside Difference Since its founding in 1920, Wayside Gardens has brought the rarest and highest-quality plants to the garden market. Wayside was founded in 1920 by two acclaimed growers who came together to pursue their shared vision of marketing all high-end plants for the serious garden enthusiast. Originally located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens swiftly grew a reputation for the highest-quality plants and the most sophisticated clientele. In 1975, Wayside was purchased by the Park Seed Company, and moved to Hodges, SC.  The company has flourished since then, growing to become an undisputed leader in rare and unique plant growing.

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With Wayside's bulbs, growing gorgeous flowers is as easy as Dig, Drop, Done.

Dig:

The first thing you want to do is pick your spot and dig the hole for your bulbs. Avoid places with standing water, as this could cause bulb rot. A good rule of thumb when planting is to dig down 3 times the height of the bulb, but you should follow the specific instructions for your bulb. Make sure to space out your bulbs to give your plants the right amount of room to grow later.

Drop:

Now put your bulbs in the ground, pointy side up. For fall planting, be sure to get the bulbs in before the first frost. For spring planting, the time varies by plant. Afterwards, cover the bulbs with soil and then water them in. This helps wake the bulbs up from dormancy and get them growing again.

Now you're Done!

Just sit back and wait, and in the spring your bulbs will sprout up and reward you with their beautiful blooms throughout the season. Growing flowers from Wayside bulbs really is that easy!


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