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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jun 23, 2011 10:50 AM CST
One of my favorite plants for the cottage garden is crocosmia. We don't have a lot of hardy choices here, and Lucifer has always been the standard best. This year I see The Lily Garden is advertising Yellow Lucifer and Orange Lucifer.

Has anyone ever heard of those varieties? If it were anywhere else, I would think it was just some other variety being renamed. But The Lily Garden is such a great company, I don't see it.

Anyone know of them? Thanks!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 24, 2011 4:53 AM CST
I have a yellow crocosmia but its shorter than Lucifer.
I googles and found this site with many varieties including the yellow.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.americanlilie...
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jun 24, 2011 6:28 AM CST
Hmm, thanks, Jo!. It does appear there are real crocosmias called Yellow and Orange Lucifer, then. And the one is trademarked.

I think I'll give them a try then.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 24, 2011 6:47 AM CST
I wish I had room.The oranges and yellows are fantastic.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jun 24, 2011 6:58 AM CST
Well, I've got room, the back 50 acres are still pretty much open, LOL.

I'm definitely going to get some.

The ones you gave me last year, I covered with straw, and they came through just fine. Can't wait to see those.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 24, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Jealous of the room but have to remember I have just enough to weed and manage.
Those crocosmias I gave you are shorter ,mine are up but not budded and dont make 20 inches.
They came from B&B in an assortment.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jun 24, 2011 8:05 AM CST
Don't be. I have more than I can handle. Your place is nice and neat. Mines not.

Can't wait to see them! I shouldn't have to cover them this year now they're established.
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ge1836
Jun 24, 2011 8:11 AM CST
I went by how vigerous Lucifer was and just let nature take its course.The Yellows multiply like crazy.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jun 25, 2011 6:12 AM CST
Yellow and Orange Lucifer are new to me too! I've found other varieties to be marginally hardy here too, but I do love them and would like some other colors. I've found its a good idea to plant anything that is marginally hardy in your area in the spring; it seems having a season to get well rooted and settled into the garden increases their chances of survival.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 25, 2011 6:22 AM CST
Thats great advise. I learn something new every day.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jun 25, 2011 6:34 AM CST
I totally agree with Neal on that one. I might try them this fall, though, as they are cheap enough. I'll report back. I love crocosmia so much it would be wonderful to have those two. Lucifer makes a fantastic cut flower.
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ge1836
Jun 25, 2011 8:21 AM CST
agree
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eclayne
Jun 26, 2011 9:25 AM CST

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FYI, 2 years ago I bought a few Lucifer and Emberglow bulbs. All but one Emberglow survived plenty of sub-zero temps w/out snow cover (planted in May). Last year I bought a potted up Lucifer, which most garden centers carry, and an Emberglow which most consider not hardy here. Both potted put on a huge early show this year and the bulbs the woodchucks didn't get flowered a month later. Both the potted and bulbs are doing great this year with last winter being a lot like lake effect territory. Lots of snow cover and bitter cold. -21F six miles north!

The yellow looks stunning and I'll try some in the spring.
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jardindefleurs
Jul 24, 2011 2:31 PM CST
Hi everyone! Not sure where I should be posting this.

I am new to growing these plants. My Lucifer came back from last year. I want to cut the foliage back because grasshoppers have chewed it all up.
Should I cut it back? How much?
Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jul 24, 2011 2:41 PM CST

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i have a pretty yellow crocosmia, in the center of the picture..
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 24, 2011 5:46 PM CST
Pretty Charleen!

Jarindefleurs, normally with any type of plants you try to leave the leaves on as long as you can. It feeds the plant for next year. But if the leaves are all chewed up, and turning brown, it's really not going to help the plant much. Cut it back to anyplace on the leaves that looks good.

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jardindefleurs
Jul 24, 2011 7:18 PM CST
Thanks, PollyK.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 24, 2011 7:24 PM CST
You're welcome.
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gardengus
Jul 24, 2011 8:34 PM CST
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Crocosmia / Lucifer

In full bloom here now.
(not my garden)
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 25, 2011 6:52 AM CST

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Have no idea as to name but I love the color of this.

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