Crocosmia Star of the East in front of Euphorbia characias or any of the glaucous spurges looks good. Remove spent blooms to encourage new blooms.
Although crocosmia tolerates high heat and humidity it really takes off in drier climates with mild temperatures.
Why does my crocosmia not flower. I know our spring bulbs are generally dying back when those at friends in Wylam and Consett are just starting to flower. This means they are producing lots more corms and eventually the planting area becomes crowded. Easy to grow they thrive in a range of soil types in sun or partial shade.
They like to be cool and will abort flowers if too hot and dry. To jumpstart growth wait until soil and air temperatures warm up. Crocosmias are multi-flowered perennials that come in a range of fiery colours.
For example Lucifer can withstand temperatures of -15 and Saracen -10. If you find that your Crocosmia are blooming poorly do think about dividing the clump. If this happens flower production may decrease.
Dig out the patch and separate the corms planting them individually in prepared soil. Additional fertilizer promotes excess foliage growth at the expense of flowers. In the early spring dig up the clump and divide it gently into several smaller portions.
The older types of crocosmia grow one bulb on top of the other and need to be lifted and sorted every few years but yours are fairly new so that shouldnt be the problem. Crocosmia also displays more flowers the following year after planting. About two months ago I bought a package of 20 little Crocosmia lucifer corms at a general store.
Perhaps too much of a good thing isnt desirable according to gardeners in places like Pacific Northwest where plants have a tendency to take over the flowerbed. Our crocosmia faces all ways and seems happy with neglect – to the extent that a load sprung up when we had a patio removed without us doing any planting. If you have them in heavy soil try taking the plant out and loosening the soil where you are going to plant it with grit or mini bark or sand.
I suggest you dig up at least one medium to large-sized plant to examine the root system. This depends on the variety. Probably the corms were too young.
They seemed too good of a deal not to buy them so I did. They may just need another year to settle. Poor bloom and a thick stand of foliage are two indications that the Crocosmia needs rejuvenation.
Lots of things can stop crocosmia flowering. Cut the stems back to where they meet the leaves. These plants enjoy a sunny position and will not flower well in shade.
The plant could need to be divided when flowering slows down it can be sign that the plant is overcrowded. Over time crocosmia often form large clumps and the bulbs may become overcrowded. Most can cope with quite low temperatures.
After blooming is over keep the leaves so that the plant can put its energy back into its bulb for next summers blooming. Water your crocosmias once weekly during the growing season so the soil remains evenly moist. For crocus not blooming if you have ruled everything else out it is time to lift the corms.
Crocosmia can be slow to sprout especially if temperatures are cool. Plant with dahlias salvias and cannas for a sumptuous mid- to late-summer display. Plants kept too dry.
If your crocosmia is not flowering this is usually because of too much fertilizer water stress or not enough sun. I planted them right away per 3 in 1l pots in some general purpose potting soil and stored them in my basement with the thought to take them outside once the growth appeared. The best time to divide and replant congested clumps is in spring.
How to grow crocosmia Crocosmia Lucifer In dry summers you may need to water clumps and mulch in autumn to protect the corms from frost. Crocosmia corms multiply readily so clumps will become congested and flower less vigorously over time. In my garden they flower well without much direct sun a few hours a day at best.
CARING FOR CROCOSMIA AFTER THEY BLOOM Once the flower clusters are completely spent cut the stems back to where they meet the foliage and allow the leaves to continue growing. The blue-grey euphorbia leaves intensify the vivid orange of the crocosmia flowers. Over time corms bulbs and tubers naturalize.
To jumpstart growth wait until soil and air temperatures warm up. Star gaze lily Posts. Schizostylis tend to be widespread because they multiply by slender rhizomes whereas Crocosmia t ends to grow in dense clumps because their round fat corms stack one on top of the other during successive years.
You may need to move the container to a morning sun and afternoon shade location so that the pot does not heat up so much during the warmest part of the day. Could be the soil is too heavy. Plants need to be split.
Most crocosmias are hardy. Have you had a very hot spring. They should flower next year.
However some types are more tender so its best to check the details of the individual variety.