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.
Select a planting site where the Crocosmia Lucifer can get full sun throughout the day.
Dig planting holes 5 cm (2 inches) apart and 12.5 cm (5 inches) deep.
Plant one Crocosmia Lucifer bulb per hole.
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.
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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