Bulbs forum: Crocus tommasinianu

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Feb 10, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Have read that Crocus tommasinianu is "squirrel-resistant", is small enough to naturalize in a lawn, and spreads well via seed. So I know you are not supposed to mow them until the tops die off but the only article I saw that gave time periods said it flowered in February, and not to mow until June!!! This won't be an option for me as the grass would be high enough to mow for hay! But I am unsure if that applies to Kentucky/southern Indiana area. Does anyone grow this species in my area? Do the tops persist that long here? Can anyone comment on the "squirrel-resistance"?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 10, 2017 9:19 PM CST
I usually just wait until the tops turn yellow; start flopping over... than mow away. Mn here.
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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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UrbanWild
Feb 10, 2017 9:46 PM CST
June?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 10, 2017 10:33 PM CST
Just guessing, but thinking its about 3-5 weeks after coming up, I usually just leave the patches alone until they leaves have yellowed and starting to flop over, for me the grass gets about 4 inches tall. You could raise your your lawn mower to a higher setting to go over the top of the leaves. They don't get that tall.
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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 17, 2017 11:00 PM CST
I grow Lilac Beauty, and it is one of the few crocus that has not been fully destroyed by the critters.

The foliage is very small, and mine does not stay around until June. The leaves blend into the pine straw when they die off, I've never had to remove them for being unsightly.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Feb 18, 2017 11:07 AM CST
What a lovely little flower. Must look it up to see if it will survive here. Or I suppose I could pot it up and store it over summer and winter??

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