Colchicum autumnale The Giant Colchicum autumnale The Giant Colchicum autumnale The Giant
Colchicum autumnale The Giant
Colchicum autumnale The Giant
Colchicum autumnale The Giant

Colchicum autumnale 'The Giant'

Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
  • Best known for their spectacular goblet-shaped, lilac-pink flowers in September and October.
  • The flowers emerge first from their summer dormancy, earning the name 'Naked Ladies'.
  • Fully hardy and the perfect candidate for naturalising in grass.
  • Easy to grow they give a good display when many other plants are becoming dormant.
  • Supplied as a pack of 3 bulbs.
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Product Description

One of the most opulent and striking of the autumn-flowering bulbs, Colchicums are best known for their spectacular goblet-shaped, lilac-pink flowers in September and October.

Colchicum flowers emerge first from their summer dormancy, earning the name 'Naked Ladies', followed by large, strappy leaves that are retained until mid-summer.

Fully hardy and the perfect candidate for naturalising in grass, colchicum is one of those bulbs that surprise and delight every year when they emerge in a prelude to the main spring bulb event - giving us a taster of what the new year will bring.

Each large bulb will produce multiple flowers and are an excellent choice for rockeries or for borders where drainage is good, and they can even be grown on a windowsill without soil in a hyacinth vase (or even a saucer).

Easy to grow in good, fertile soil, the bright flowers of this autumn crocus are weather resistant too, giving a good display when many other plants are becoming dormant.

Supplied as a pack of 3 bulbs, ready for immediate planting.

What Is Supplied

Item 600323 supplied as:

Supplied as a pack of 3 bulbs, ready for immediate planting.

Caution Toxic if eaten

Plant Information

Top Tips

Which way up? Usually pointy end up, but if you are not sure, plant the bulb on its side and it will eventually right itself.

Care Guide

Planting Advice:

  • Grow in asunny position where plants can be provided with some shade from the hot midday sun.
  • If your soil is too heavy and wet, then add coarse grit to improve the drainage.
  • Plant bulbs at twice the depth of the height of the bulb and four times their width apart. e.g. 5cm tall bulbs need to be planted 10cm below the surface of the ground and 20cm apart.
  • Please check the bag for any additional planting instructions.
  • They are fine to plant even if a little green growth is showing, they’ll just need a good watering when you plant them, and then only when the soil is dry.
  • Leave them in the ground once they die back for flowers again next year.
  • While all the energy that a bulb needs in order to grow is stored in the bulb itself, they will do better if you feed them when in active green growth.
  • Plant in herbaceous borders, in pots, or leave in the ground to naturalise.
  • If planted in pots be sure to water frequently and keep moist.

Aftercare Advice:

  • Get your bulbs in the ground as soon as you can so that they can establish a good root system before the weather becomes too cold.
  • Water frequently and if in pots ensure that the compost doesn't dry out.
  • Fertilise with a balanced fertiliser in spring when new growth appears.

Tidying your Autumn Crocus:

  • Once flowering is over, it is important to leave the leaves on your colchicum until they have died right down, usually by early summer. This allows the bulb to store food and produce flowers the following year.

 

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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
50cm
10cm
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Colchicum autumnale 'The Giant'
Colchicum autumnale 'The Giant'
3 x Bulbs
Item: 600323
Only £9.99
Currently Unavailable