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Fall bulbs not flowering ... yet.

Posted by dirtgently 5a (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 12, 10 at 12:22

I planted a handful of Sternbergia lutea, saffron crocus, and Crocus speciosus in a cedar container on my balcony at the beginning of September. All of them sprouted in mid to late October, but only the C. speciosus has bloomed (and only begun blooming last week).

Around here, I'm told that they should've started blooming almost a month ago ... so I'm just curious if the saffron and S. lutea will bloom at all this season, and if there's anything that I can do to encourage them to do so.


Balcony gets full sun all day and is pretty sheltered. Temperatures have been hovering between -2�C and 10�C lately, with stretches of really sunny days and rainy November days.

And yup, it looks pretty much like I planted the bulbs in a straight line, but I really did stagger them! I guess they can pull themselves around underground after they're buried.

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RE: Fall bulbs not flowering ... yet.

I don't see any foliage for the saffron crocus. Sometimes they don't bloom the first year they are planted. You may have to wait until next year for them to bloom.

RE: Fall bulbs not flowering ... yet.

  • Posted by socalgal USDA z10 Sunset z24, (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 0:40

Some of my Sternbergia didn't bloom the first year.

RE: Fall bulbs not flowering ... yet.

@socalgal: that's disappointing. Is it just because they're unhappy about being dug up and transplanted? I was planning on moving them around a bit next August.

@wvbetsy: the saffron crocuses are there, I think, if they look like the green bits on the left:


RE: Fall bulbs not flowering ... yet.

  • Posted by socalgal USDA z10 Sunset z24, (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 13, 10 at 9:40

I don't know why some Sternbergia didn't bloom the first year, this was my first experience with them. They did bloom this year.

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