Forcing Autumn Crocus - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Caroline Carver-koerner
Fremont, CA
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Question by sdsurfgirl
September 24, 2000
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 from NGA
September 24, 2000
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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