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janine18-Jan-05 07:10 AM EST 2b   
marg19-Jan-05 06:09 AM EST   
marg19-Jan-05 06:17 AM EST 5b   
Penny19-Jan-05 08:56 PM EST   
janine20-Jan-05 07:05 AM EST 2b   
Nancy24-Jan-05 01:18 PM EST 5   
Janine26-Jan-05 07:52 AM EST 2b   
Nancy26-Jan-05 12:59 PM EST 5   
iris14-Mar-05 09:49 AM EST 4b   
Valerie14-Mar-05 11:32 AM EST 5b   
Nancy14-Mar-05 12:29 PM EST 5   
Patricia 15-Mar-05 06:18 PM EST 5   
Nancy17-Mar-05 01:55 PM EST 5   
Valerie27-Mar-05 11:55 AM EST 5b   
iris31-Mar-05 07:42 AM EST 4b   
DebbieC31-Mar-05 12:34 PM EST   
Nancy01-Apr-05 02:27 PM EST 5   
iris05-Apr-05 09:26 AM EST 4b   


Subject: overwintering crocosmia
From: janine (jjschuel@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 18-Jan-05 07:10 AM EST

Does anyone have any advice on overwintering crocosmia. I think they look absolutely beautiful, but I don't think "mulching heavily" overwinter will be sufficient. Any help is appreciated


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: marg
Zone:
Date: 19-Jan-05 06:09 AM EST


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 19-Jan-05 06:17 AM EST

Hi! I love crocosmia too. I thought it would be a wonderful hummingbird plant. When it flowered it was gorgoeous. Then came time to overwinter it. When I bought the bulbs, I was told they were hardy and would survive our winters. It didn't despite the fact that I mulched it. From now on I will take up the bulbs and store them for the winter. That's just my experience with it. Maybe someone else has had better luck. Marg


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Penny
Zone:
Date: 19-Jan-05 08:56 PM EST

I live in Edmonton, I am not sure what zone that is.

Are crocosmia another name for crocuses.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: janine (jjschuel@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 20-Jan-05 07:05 AM EST

Hi! Thanks for reinforcing my suspicions about their hardiness Marg. Penny, they are not crocuses, I haven't grown them yet, but they look like they have the same leaves as a daylily, with spikes of bright red or yellow flowers. I live north of edmonton and I think your zone is 3. Some hardiness maps put my home in zone 1b, but I refuse to accept that.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 24-Jan-05 01:18 PM EST

Hi Janine,

I've grown crocosmia here semi-successfully for a few years, but mulch them quite heavily even here, mainly due to my iffy snow cover. The most hardy cultivar is Lucifer, but I wouldn't expect even it to overwinter outdoors as far north as you are.

Crocosmia grows from small bulbs, which tend to multiply here. I would expect that you could lift the bulbs in the fall and store them much as you would store gladiolus or calla bulbs. Mine tend to emerge rather late in the spring, so you would likely want to start them indoors first.

Good luck, the flowers are spectacular and well worth the effort. The leaves are sword-like, but stiffer and more upright than a day lily. The arching flower scapes on 'Lucifer', which is also one of the tallest, go to about 4 feet.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Janine (jjschuel@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 26-Jan-05 07:52 AM EST

Hi Nancy: I've only seen the flowers in pictures, I think the "Lucifer" looks absolutely gorgeous. I tried overwintering a Calla once - dear departed Calla... My mom overwinters glads successfully, so maybe she would babysit the crocosmia bulbs for me. When does it flower for you? Our summer is really just June, July and August. Last frost is usually in the 3rd week of May (though there have been awful surprises and mushy impatiens in June). The bonus to living this far north is the wonderful length of our summer days, but it does get quite cool at night - do they need lots of heat? Thanks for your help.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 26-Jan-05 12:59 PM EST

'Lucifer' doesn't emerge until early June and flowers in mid to late July for me. If you start the bulbs indoors, you may get a jump on that. I don't think they need a whole lot of heat. Mine flowered just fine last summer, which was the coolest in ages. Make sure you give them plenty of sun.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: iris
Zone: 4b
Date: 14-Mar-05 09:49 AM EST

I planted crocosmia last spring, Lucifer was gorgeous, but very late fall before a bloom. I dug up the bulbs in the fall,and stored in a vermiculite mix. I have just taken a look at them this morning. No sign of growth but I shall pot them up today. I think a head start may help. Either way, they are certainly worth the effort!


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 14-Mar-05 11:32 AM EST

I have plans to grow crocosmia this season so this subject is of interest. I didn't realize the bulbs would have to be lifted in fall. Thanks for the info!

A few years ago I got tired of the callas at the front of the house so left them in over the winter, looking forward to planting a new spectacular cultivar - but lo and behold the lilies grew that year and every year since. I don't have the heart now to take them out, their will to live is so strong.

Here's to Spring!!

Valerie.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Mar-05 12:29 PM EST

Valerie,

I'm also in zone 5 and I don't have to lift Crocosmia at all. I do pile on a thick mulch of leaves when the ground freezes, but so far the bulbs have survived quite nicely. At the moment only 'Lucifer' is mature enough to bloom consistantly, but 'Emily McKenzie' and 'George Davidson' came through last winter OK as well.


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 15-Mar-05 06:18 PM EST

Nancy, it sounds like you have a bit of a "micro-climate" in your area. Most people might not believe that we are growing bananas, cactus and bamboo in Ottawa, but it's true. We "cheat" by growing them in a very warm spot on the south side of our house near a brick wall, very sheltered from the wind - gee, it must be Zone 7 or 8 in this one little spot!


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 17-Mar-05 01:55 PM EST

I'm not relying on microclimates for these, Patricia. All of the crocosmias are well away from the house and the whole area gets quite the blast of north/west wind all winter, plus lousy snow cover. The foot of leaf mulch is likely the key, at least for me.

Bananas in Ottawa? Who'da thunk!


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Mar-05 11:55 AM EST

Nancy,

Thanks for the heads up about not having to lift the Crocosmia bulbs in fall. Will try mulching well in Autumn and pray for the best!

Valerie


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: iris
Zone: 4b
Date: 31-Mar-05 07:42 AM EST

`An update...for all you crocosmia lovers......I had potted my saved 'bulbs'the day I posted my last message....2 weeks ago. I now have 4 tiny spear like shoots in a 6 inch pot!! Yea!! I did the same with Acidanthera bulbs. They also are sprouting. My next querry....20 Fressia bulbs seemed to follow in home from the store yesterday. Has anyone grown these lovelies? I've only purchased the flower shop variety. The scent is amazing. I'm going to try potting them up and keeping them warm, along with the above other babies!


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: DebbieC
Zone:
Date: 31-Mar-05 12:34 PM EST

I would like to pot up some crocosmia as well as some other summer blooming bulbs such as brodiae, sparaxis, anemone,caladium and acidanthera. Now here's the question: how many bulbs to each pot?


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 01-Apr-05 02:27 PM EST

Iris and DebbieC,

I'd strongly suggest to each of you that you'd be more likely to get answers if you start a new thread for new questions that are unrelated to the original topic. The "overwintering crocosmia" thread has been going for a while and will likely only be revisted by those of us who've been participating, if at all.

I'd help with your questions if I could, but am not that experienced regarding summer bulbs in pots. In fact, I'd like to see the answers you get myself!


Subject: RE: overwintering crocosmia
From: iris
Zone: 4b
Date: 05-Apr-05 09:26 AM EST

Thanks for the info. Nancy. I'm quite new at forums, and do appreciate any help. As for the starting summer small bulbs, I pot them up about mid to late March in 5 - 6 inch pots. Depending on the size of the bulb/corm etc. Usually 5 per pot. I, also, would like to hear from others that have been successful. I will start a new question header as well.


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