crocosmias

Pendray pendray100@gmail.com
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:39:01 PDT
Crocrosmia generally have to be divided after a couple of years. Lucifer is one that i divide in my garden. I only leave the large healthy bulbs and replant them. You can grow the smaller ones on if you want a larger patch. Some of the newer ones need less dividing and stay more clumped. 
Calvor Palmateer
Victoria BC
Zone 7/8
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> On Oct 11, 2015, at 5:25 PM, Vivien Bouffard <vbouffard55@msn.com> wrote:
> 
> Could someone explain crocosmias to me, please?  I've been growing a common
> sort, probably 'Lucifer', in my Z6 garden for some years.  My patch has been
> exceeding its allotted real estate and at the same time seems to be blooming
> less, so I dug the whole thing up today.  There were hundreds and hundreds
> of corms of all sizes and lots of sturdy offshoots extending from the corms
> and making new corms.  
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> So my questions are:  1.  How big/old does a corm need to be before it
> blooms?  2.  Do corms die after a season or do they persist and get larger?
> 3.  I found some corms stacked up on each other and understand that that is
> a typical pattern.  Is there something about this arrangement that makes
> them more likely to bloom than large single corms or is blooming just a
> function of the corm's being x years old/sufficiently large?  When they're
> vertically stacked like that, does only the top one make a bloom?  4.  If a
> corm is sending out offshoots to make new corms, is it less likely to put
> energy into flowering and/or into bulking itself up?  5.  Why are some corms
> flat and some more pointy like a tulip?  6.  Is clearing out the gazillion
> little corms (some of which are clearly offshoots and some of which are
> independent and may result from self-sowing) and resetting the biggest corms
> the best way to encourage flowering?  Does crocosmia tend to choke itself
> out if left to itself?  
> 
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> 
> Thanks for sharing your expertise.
> 
> 
> 
> Vivien
> 
> Norwood, MA  (Z6)
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