My Crocosomia have started blooming -- impressively. These are
new to me, planted last year, and I wonder if I should deadhead.
Will that extend blooming?
These things spread so, I wonder if they're potentially invasive.
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I've never tried deadheading. They do spread, but for me that is a
desirable trait. I would not consider them at all invasive. The clump just
keeps getting larger; they don't seed about or show up all over the place.
I almost lost mine in the drought (3 years running, 2 years ago) and they
haven't bloomed in years. We had a decent year last year, and it's shaping
up to be one of the best growing seasons in memory this year, and they are
looking promising. The hummingbirds like them.
Zone 6, South-central PA
Aren't Crocosmia incredible? Mine are blooming right now as well, and
are putting on a dazzling display. This is really my first season
with them (as I was on vacation when they bloomed last year), so I
can't advise as to dead heading. But I can tell you that how invasive
they are depends upon the variety. I have Crocosmia Lucifer, a deep
red-orange flower, and they aren't invasive at all. Though at 4.5",
they did get a lot taller than I thought they would. I've heard that
some of the other Crocosmia are rather invasive. If they get out of
hand, you might replace them with the Lucifer.
mine i thought were lucifer, but the flowers are very brief and non-
showy. they are (only) about as impressive as chasmanthe, which is
bigger plant, but seeds less (ie, more controllable)
their first year, they ddin't bloom unitl really late. btu since then
they've settled inot the expected mediterranean bulb cycle, very similar
ot chasmanthe. i think even the iirigated clumps are dried down now.
I've heard that
i plan on that. first i need to eradicate these. :-)
Deadheading won't produce any more blooms. What you see is what you
get, like most bulbs/corms. I imagine deadheading to keep energy from
going into seed production would apply.
They *are* considered invasive in many places, but not like some
spreading weed. The corms simply reproduce often. They like a lot of
Mine aren't blooming yet. I'll go out and speak to them. :-)
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