siting giant Crocosmias

Diane Whitehead
Sun, 13 Nov 2005 22:07:16 PST
I have a collection of crocosmia hybrids which have leaves that are 
about knee-high and stand up nicely.

I also have C. masonorum and Lucifer, both of which cause problems. 
The leaves are as tall as I am, and if they were growing in good soil 
instead of my sand, they would probably be even taller.  They are 
also wide, bright green with prominent ribs.  Very handsome, but a 
real problem, as they don't stand up at all.  They lie over the 
ground, covering pathways and suffocating whatever is beneath,like my 
orange-leaved heuchera, which I uncovered today, leafless.

It seems a shame to compost such healthy plants.

Any suggestions for making them stand up?  More sun?  Corsets?

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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