Crocus flowers are said to be one of the slowest kinds of flowers to germinate or to grow from seeds. Therefore it requires a lot of patience from someone who plans to fill his front yard with these beautiful flowers.
Growing crocuses is a truly rewarding experience but it is not for someone who would like to instantly see the flowers of his labor. This perennial flower needs 4 to 5 years before putting on a good show but sometimes, depending if you are lucky enough, the crocus may blossom after its third growth season. As a consolation, the crocus is one of the first flower types to bloom in spring, making it a popular choice for gardening enthusiasts. These prairie crocuses are fit to grow in sunny locations with well-drained soils. It's no wonder these crocuses can spread out on the grasslands without any human intervention. Their natural beauty can be domesticated through simple methods of growing its seeds. But first, you have to get some seeds to start with.
Crocus seeds are about 12 cm long with a pointed 1.5 cm seed head. The seeds should be easy to spot without the need of microscopic vision. Where can you find them? If you look closely at the center of the flower, you can see where to gather the seeds. Just remember to be careful in taking the seeds off as you may damage the flower and put an end to its blossom and propagation. Since crocuses are more beautiful en mass or in large groups, you may need to spend some time in the prairie collecting some seeds.
Once you are satisfied with the amount of seeds you have, it's time to start the germination process of your crocus seeds. Ready your bulb planter or if you don't have one, a regular trowel shall do the trick as well. It would also help a lot if you have some grit or a general-purpose compost or fertilizer.
It is ideal that you plant your crocus seeds right after collecting them as drying the seeds may cause dormancy and require you to monitor the moisture level of your garden. If your seeds are to be planted in the spring after collecting them, it is better to place them in cool, dry plastic containers and keep it refrigerated for 4-8 weeks before planting.
Whether you are planning to plant your seeds in an open yard or in chosen containers, you should make sure the soil is free from any competing weeds and insects. Loosen the topmost part of the soil to enable the seeds to breathe a little. Sow the seeds on the soil at least 1 cm from the topmost layer and in 3 to 4 inches distances from each other. This should allow your flowers to germinate freely. Sprinkle some of your grit or compost and fertilizer and even it carefully using your hands or a hand rake. Since crocus bulbs are a delight to squirrels and rodents, you may want to take extra precautionary measures like putting up chicken wires all over the germination area. That's it; you're done! The next thing to do is to wait until your house becomes the talk of the town.
The word crocus is currently used in business terms to refer to businesses that quickly bounce back after a major economic downturn in reference to the flower's ability to withstand the chills of winter and blossom after the tide. As planting these flowers requires a long wait, the first blossom will definitely turn into a very rewarding experience for you.