Pulchellus means pretty, and this relative of the more common Autumn Crocus, C. speciosus, is just that. Of a paler lilac with purple veins and a shorter yellow throat, C. pulchellus is a delicate opaline goblet right out of a fairy tale. Plant big drifts, in a low ground cover for support.
Perhaps because the sun is so low in the sky after the autumn equinox, the blooms of fall Crocus positively glow in the landscape. They appear between September and January (depending on your climate) on stems 3–6″ tall and have the same refined goblet-shaped flowers of their spring cousins.
We ship fall Crocus in September. The bulbs must be planted right away so they may go about the business of rooting and preparing to flower, a process that generally takes 4–6 weeks. Fall Crocus grow best in a sunny, protected site.
For more information on Crocus care, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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The Garden Fairy from Attleboro, MA
These are so pretty, I planted them around the walkway leading to the front door last October. They provide much needed color just when everything else is starting not to look so great in the garden. Guests coming into the house would always comment on them, surprised to see something blooming in late October. I'm going to purchase more to plant this coming fall.
Reed from Mount monadnock
These were delivered in early September, and I planted as directed, thinking I'd be waiting a year for results. They showed up in Nevembee, in New Hampshire, and lasted for about a month. If I'd known how great they would be, I would have purchased and planted a lot more to cheer up the garden in autumn.
Bulb size: 6-8 cm
Plant corms immediately 2-3 in. deep, 3 in. apart (15 per sq. ft.). Full sun to part shade. Excellent in rock gardens or near shrubs. If planted on receipt, bulbs should bloom the first year.