Saffron Fire Flowers Crocosmia
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Crocosmia. Perhaps the most vigorous Crocosmia, this bright-orange variety is loaded with fiery flowers in late summer. Originally from South Africa, the name comes from the Greek words for “saffron” and “smell.” Growing crocosmia flowers in the landscape produce masses of sword-shaped foliage and brightly colored blooms. Height 24-36". Bulb size: 10cm+.
Sold as: Pkg of 8
Bulbs for Spring Planting:
Plant bulbs as soon as possible, once you have received your shipment. If you cannot plant the bulbs as soon as they have been shipped to you, remove the bulbs from plastic bags and put them on trays with damp peat moss or sawdust in a cool, well-ventilated place until you have a chance to plant them. Do not let the bulbs freeze. Plant outdoors once the conditions are right for your hardiness zone.
Crocosmias prefer slightly acidic soil. Make sure the garden bed is nutrient-rich and well-drained, but lightly moist. Plant the corms in spring about 6-8" apart at a depth of 3-5". Plant them in clusters for maximum effect. The corms will naturalize, or produce offsets, over time. Plant crocosmias in full to part sun for the best results.
Once planted, little is needed in the way of crocosmia bulb care. The corms are hardy and rarely need to be lifted for winter except in areas below Zone 5. In these areas, plant them in pots and then move the pots to a sheltered location for winter storage. You can also dig them up, dry the bulb, and store them where temperatures are moderate over the freezing period. Then plant them anew when soil temperatures warm up.
Division can be done in early spring, by lifting the clumps and cutting apart sections of the grouped corms. Replant these in other areas for more of the bright, appealing flowers.
Crocosmia plants have few pest or disease problems and require no special maintenance. They are an easy addition to the home landscape and attract hummingbirds and pollinators.