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Q.Getting Crocus to Flower on Particular Date

Anonymous added on May 7, 2014 | Answered

My daughter is getting married on Jan. 27 next year. We would like to have containers with purple and white/ivory colored crocus to decorate the church windowsills. I would like to know what would be the best time to plant the bulbs, how to look after them and which variety of crocus you would suggest. Also, would you be able to suggest any other purple flowers which may be suitable for this purpose?

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Answered on May 7, 2014

It is almost impossible for a home grower to get bulbs to bloom on cue. You have to be able to tightly control the environment. We normally recommend that home growers who would like to have plants blooming for a special date plan on planting in waves over the course of a month so that you can guarantee that a certain portion of the bulbs will be blooming at the right time. This article will explain how to grow them for forcing: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/crocus/growing-crocus-indoors.htm Once they are removed from chilling, they will bloom in 3-6 weeks.

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