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Colchicum autumnale

Message from Marissa Zoppellini

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Hi Sandy, summer is the time to divide and replant the corms. My only concern is that they may have been damaged in the heat of the sun. So it is really a question of taking a chance with these or buying new corms. The depth you have quoted is a good guide for all bulbs/corms. All the best, Marissa

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 15:11

Colchucum autumnale

Question from Sandy Rawlins

In forum: Colchicum autumnale

My colchicum autumnale were planted last year at the base of a lilac. The corms seem to have all risen to the surface and have now got baked in the sun. I plan to lift them, divide the corms, and replant them. Can someone confirm that this is the right course of action please, I'm fairly new to all this!!

PS - do they need to be planted 3x their depth?


  • Posted: Tue. 30th June 2009 10:32

Colchicum autumnale

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Colchicum autumnale

Despite appearances, this is a lily rather than a crocus. The flowers provide a good source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators late in the season. They bear orange anthers, which can be used to produce a form of saffron. The leaves are poisonous to farm stock. It is uncommon in the wild.

  • Posted: Mon. 8th June 2009 12:55