The Q&A Archives: How Do I Grow A Crocus?

Question: I received a Krocus plant as a gift. It is a bulb and I am supposed to place it in a small vase with very little water. But before I do this I would like to know more about the plant. It is from Denmark... I don't even know if you would know what it is.

Answer: Based on your description it sounds like you have been given a crocus (Crocus in both English and Latin) prepared for forcing. This very hardy bulb, or actually a corm, generally requires a chilling period of at least 14 weeks in order to bloom and is often planted outdoors in the fall for early spring blooms in the garden where the plants are usually very long lived. Place it in the glass vase so that the base of the corm is just barely above the water line. It will send down roots into the water and send up green grassy looking leaves and a small bloom or two or three. After it blooms you might want to try planting it in the garden. What a charming gift!

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