How to plant Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs

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How to plant Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs
Enjoy the slender, fiery blooms of the Lucifer. (Image by Wouter Gagens; Wikimedia Commons.)

The Crocosmia "Lucifer" bulb produces blooms in mid-summer for three to four weeks. The flowers are usually dark red, yellow or orange and appear on slender, dark green, gladiola-like stems that grow in a clumping formation. The Lucifer can reach more than 60 cm (2 feet) in height with a fairly narrow flower spread.

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    Plan on planting your Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs in mid-spring.

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    Select a planting site where the Crocosmia Lucifer can get full sun throughout the day.

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    Dig planting holes 5 cm (2 inches) apart and 12.5 cm (5 inches) deep.

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    Plant one Crocosmia Lucifer bulb per hole.

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    Water the newly-planted Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs and keep the soil moist throughout the growing season. This bulb can handle drier soil conditions but it grows best with moist soil.

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    Mulch around the base of the plant as colder temperatures approach.

Tips and warnings

  • The Crocosmia Lucifer bulb is considered semi-hardy and is intolerant of temperatures below -2 degrees C (28F).
  • Best use of the Crocosmia Lucifer is made in flower borders and beds and as cut flowers. They are also a favourite of hummingbirds and so make a good choice for bird gardens.
  • Crocosmia Lucifer bulbs grow well in crowded conditions and do not easily choke themselves out.

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