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Name: Snf
Lake County, California (Zone 9a)
Sep 17, 2016 1:33 PM CST
I was given about 100+ crocosmia bulbs. Previous "owner" in Oregon dug up a great big clump and was going to discard them. I am in northern California (Lake County, zone 9a). Right now it is still hot and we probably won't have rain until at least December. Should I pull them apart and plant them -- or clean them up and store them in a dark, dry place until spring? If I do plant them, should I keep them wet? I am clueless, since all the info I could find says to plant in spring. Any suggestions?
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Name: greene
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Sep 17, 2016 1:42 PM CST
I'm in zone 8b in Savannah Georgia and just leave them in the ground all year round. Hope that helps.
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Name: Kurt
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Sep 17, 2016 1:52 PM CST
I'm in zone 7 and leave mine in the ground year round. You could always plant half now and save half for spring.
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Name: Deb
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Sep 17, 2016 1:53 PM CST
Welcome to this site, hope you enjoy it. We don't always get to plant 'per instructions.' Since you have quite a few corms, you may want to try a couple different methods. Plant some directly where you want them, and keep them watered until your weather changes. Store others in sawdust or whatever else you want to use to keep them protected and plant out in the spring. Maybe plant some more in pots you can move around to take advantage of sun/rain/wind protection. Are they currently blooming or no? I'm in Zone 8 and mine are done blooming, have gone to seed, and the foliage is turning brown for winter. I think I've moved some in the fall before (I have several clumps) and also in spring. Play around with them. Do you know the cultivar? Be forewarned that the taller ones (Lucifer) eventually need quite a bit of space and tend to sprawl unless they either have some support or companion plants to help hold them up. I think they look spectacular when allowed to grow into their large vase shape rather than trying to make them 'behave' in a smaller space than they really need. Good luck!
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Name: Snf
Lake County, California (Zone 9a)
Sep 17, 2016 3:06 PM CST
Thank you. That's a great idea to try different methods. I'll give it a go! I don't know the cultivar.They are done blooming, but I'm told the flowers are a yellow/gold.
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Name: Daisy I
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Sep 17, 2016 4:50 PM CST
I don't think it matters when you plant Crocosmia. I wouldn't even worry about them not getting a lot of water for a couple months.

But, if you break apart the 'stacks' of bulbs, it will take them a year or two to bloom. Any corm with an 'eye' will grow a plant. The stacks provide storage space for the growing corms. If you divide them up, most will grow but not bloom until they start growing new stacks.

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