The Q&A Archives: Forcing Autumn Crocus

Question: I am forcing an Autumn Water Lily Crocus. It is growing (about 1 1/2 inches) but there aren't roots and the base of the bulb looks withery and light brown. It is in a bulb forcing vase with activated charcoal and water just a centimeter below the bulb's base. The bulb itself is not touching the water. It has been in the vase a month. Is everything going ok?

Answer: Sounds like everything is right on schedule. Autumn Crocus produces leaves in the spring and flowers
in the fall. The plants prefer semi-shade but take full sun
if well watered. Plant in moist soil containing lots of
organic matter. Unless the plants show signs of
overcrowding leave them alone. A bulb, set in a sunny
window, blooms without soil or water. Once a bulb is forced
in this manner it should be planted. Give it plenty of room - the leaves take up much room in the spring.

The bulbs are divided when the foliage matures and are
replanted immediately. Plant them 2 inches deep and 6
inches apart. The plants reach a height of 10 to 12 inches.

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