Bulbs forum: Autumn crocus with spring crocus?

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Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
May 20, 2017 10:05 PM CST
I am planning to add some spring blooming crocus to my garden this fall and it got me thinking, why not "layer" the planting zones with autumn blooming crocus too...

Other than perhaps the planting time being slightly different, is there any reason why these 2 can't share a planting site?

Site conditions would be full sun all season. My only thought would be incompatible moisture/dormancy needs?

Would love to get thoughts on the matter. Smiling
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 21, 2017 5:13 AM CST
I have grown mine side by side for 2 years now and have had no problems.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
May 21, 2017 6:49 AM CST
Welcome to NGA brozeus! I haven't tried that myself.
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
May 21, 2017 8:27 PM CST
@irislilli just what I wanted to hear! Thank You!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 31, 2017 8:15 AM CST
I also grow them side by side, and have considered layering them as you mentioned but haven't tried it yet. They enjoy the same conditions in the garden. While the planting times are a bit different, if you make sure to leave space for the spring flowering varieties, you can wait till the autumn flowering crocus are in bloom (they typically bloom a few weeks after planting) to plant so you'll know where to dig.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
May 31, 2017 10:52 AM CST
@gemini_sage

Perfect. Just gotta remember to leave the space!

I have found myself on more than one occasion without the proper site/space for a certain plant because I forgot what I originally planned to put there (and instead filled the space with something else)... *Blush*
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 31, 2017 11:13 AM CST
I do the same thing all too often, a spot in the garden that appears empty is very hard to resist! Hilarious!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 31, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Hilarious!
Been there, done that and will definitely do it again! Whistling
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
May 31, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Hilarious! glad I'm not alone!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Jun 1, 2017 3:38 PM CST
This reminds me, I have to dig up some bearded irises I planted on top of daffodil bulbs D'Oh!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jun 2, 2017 3:10 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
Jun 2, 2017 2:08 PM CST
Oops! How did that work? With how shallow Iris are planted, I would think the daffs might just push them right out of the soil?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Jun 3, 2017 5:01 AM CST
Oh they did push through, and made for a really messy look with all the flopping daff foliage while the irises were blooming. The crowded foliage also caused some rot among the irises. A mistake I hope not to repeat, but knowing my memory that's probably a pipe dream Hilarious!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
brozeus
Jun 3, 2017 9:24 PM CST
Guess that's why daffs and Iris aren't typically listed as companions Whistling Hilarious!
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jun 5, 2017 4:35 AM CST
Hilarious! Good point! Hilarious!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 1, 2017 2:41 PM CST
Actually, I planted my iris in front of my daffs to cover the dying foliage. Same with tulips.

I don't know what changes the words that are typed in. Sometimes I'm in a hurry and don't preview first. Sure enough, there is a silly word in there! (Long explanation of a word that got changed in a short post...) 😮
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....
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