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Crocus Bulbs

Grow crocus bulbs from the extensive collection here at Suttons and get ready for lots of early spring colour. One of the first bulbs of the season to bloom, technically, crocuses are corms rather than bulbs, but no matter – their blooms are a lovely way to welcome the change of season and just like the rest of your flowering bulbs, they'll come back year after year..

Grow crocus bulbs from the extensive collection here at Suttons and get ready for lots of early spring colour. One of the first bulbs of the season to bloom, technically, crocuses are corms rather than bulbs, but no matter – their blooms are a lovely way to welcome the change of season and just like the rest of your flowering bulbs, they'll come back year after year..

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Many crocus are native to Turkey and therefore it’s no surprise that they like a sunny well drained spot. The corms from which they grow are storage organs which hold all the nutrients needed for a happy bloomer. For your springtime displays, plant the corms in early autumn - September is ideal. They naturalise well in grass soon forming colonies before your very eyes! This is a plant to use in quantity - bold drifts and clumps are what these corms need. They also look well in pots, particularly terracotta.

The lilac and white stripes of 'Pickwick' Crocus flower really jump out at you in February and March, as does 'Orange Monarch' or 'Yellow Mammoth'. Suttons have an excellent bulbous gift idea for a loved one: buy a Plant-O-Tray Heart with crocus and dwarf tulips and watch as the bulbs spring to life with heart shaped vigour.

Saffron crocus bulb is the source of saffron - the world's most expensive spice, said to have been used by Cleopatra in her bath water! The vibrant orange red stigmas at the centre of the purple flowers are harvested and dried to flavour rice and sauces. Very sweetly scented, these corms are planted in August and September for blooms in October and November. They need a dry sunny spot and are a real aristocrat of the Crocus world. Also available from Suttons in white flowering forms. For detailed growing information on this crocus, see here.

Also flowering later in the year and known as 'autumn crocus' are the corms actually called Colchicum. These flower mostly in purple on bare stems with the leaves appearing later. They can be planted in small numbers to great effect, as they are more individually showy. Plant in late summer for an impressive show that same year. 'Waterlily' is very popular with up to 8 flowers per bulb. You can even grow Crocus bulbs indoors on a saucer with no soil needed, just plant out after flowering has finished.

From springtime carpets to an autumn full of spice - Crocus are certainly corms to consider.

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