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Did you know there are Spring blooming Crocus and Fall blooming Crocus?  In this article we are going to talk about the Spring blooming Crocus. Unlike Tulips and Daffodils that are bulbs, Crocus is a corm.

In fall, plant them 3-4 inches deep in soil that has good drainage.  They also do well in containers, especially Hyper Tufa pots which have excellent drainage.  They prefer full sun, but Crocus can be planted under trees or along a woodland path since trees do have leaves when they bloom.  Just remember to rake leaves from where they are planted.

Clemson University recommends planting these 3 excellent species of Crocus in our area:  Cloth of Gold Crocus (C. angustifolius), Snow Crocus (C. chrysanthus), and Tommies (C. tommasinianus). Critters such as squirrels and chipmunks love to dig up and eat Crocus corms. Brent, from Brent and Becky Bulbs nursery, says the Tommies are the least favorite for the critters to eat.  So, if your Crocus seem to “disappear” each year, try planting Tommies!♦

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