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Create your own crocus meadow in the garden

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Crocuses are pretty much the first flowers to add color to gardens and meadows after winter. We show you how to create your own crocus meadow.

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Early bloomers such as snowdrops and crocuses are the first messengers of spring. You can often be admired even when the snow is not completely thawed away. The colorful crocuses in particular provide colorful accents - not only in gardens, but also on meadows. In addition, you are already attracting the first bumblebees and bees, which enjoy their nectar and carry the pollen on. In the following we would like to explain what you should pay attention to if you want to create a crocus meadow.

Plant crocuses in autumn

So that you want to enjoy the color of your crocuses in spring, you should bring them about six to ten centimeters deep into the ground in autumn. Make sure that the soil is well drained so that there is no waterlogging to prevent the onions from rotting.

Tip: Small flowers come into their own better if you plant around ten crocuses in a group.

If you want to plant the crocuses not only in the garden, but also in a meadow, you have two options:

  1. Throw out the crocus onions and plant them individually
  2. Place crocuses under the turf in a group

Eject the crocus onions and plant them individually

individually planted crocuses on a meadow - © Daniel Strauch / stock.adobe.com A loose and random distribution of the crocuses on the meadow looks extremely harmonious. To do this, take several crocus bulbs in your hand and just throw them in the air. Then plant the onions exactly where they landed.

1. With a weed cutter, it is very easy to make holes in the turf, into which you can stick the onions with the point upwards. If the hole is too small, you can simply enlarge or widen it by slightly moving the lever.

Tip: If you drop an onion the wrong way round into the planting hole, you can easily turn it over with the weed cutter.

2. You can easily close the planting holes with your foot on loose sandy soils. However, if the soil is loamy, simply fill the planting hole with loose sandy soil and then gently tread it with your foot.

3. If all onions are in the ground, briefly water them. This creates a capillary connection to the water in the deeper layers of the soil. As a result, the water rises and provides the onion with the necessary water so that roots form and the crocuses can sprout very early in spring.

Tip: In large areas, you can let the sprinkler run for about an hour

Place crocuses under the turf in a group

Crocuses in groups on a meadow - © Hubert / stock.adobe.com If you do not want to leave the position of your crocuses to chance, simply place them in groups in the lawn.

1. Use a sharp spade to prick a piece of lawn on three sides and carefully lift it up with the spade. Place about 15 to 25 crocus bulbs on the surface and press them lightly. Again, make sure that the tips point upwards.

2. Then close the open sward and make sure that the onions remain in their position and do not tip over. Don't forget to firmly tread the lawn again.

3. In the last step, water the planted areas well so that both the lawn and the crocus bulbs can root well.

Autumn crocuses are not suitable for crocus meadows

For crocus meadows, you should only use crocuses that bloom in spring. These delight us with their blossoms around March and April and are usually faded before the first mowing.

Tip: Do not mow until the crocus leaves are yellow. Otherwise, you may weaken the plants so much that they die.

When autumn crocuses sprout, the lawn growth is not yet complete. When mowing the lawn, there is always a risk of damaging the plants. If you did not love mowing the crocuses for love, the crocuses would not come into their own at all.

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