For a balanced development of the the Crocosmia it is advisable to locate it in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight. During the period of vegetative rest, itís possible to take the bulbs or tubers out of the ground; the well cleaned and dried bulbs should be placed in a cool, dry and dark place; to be planted later on during the most indicated time of year.During the spring the the Crocosmia can't stand the cold weather; should the climate be particularly harsh, with minimum night-time temperatures some degrees below zero, let's cover our plant with non-woven fabric.
Growing they develop a round-shape shrub. Crocosmia isn't an evergreen; during the summer it assumes a red colouring; the adult species are large in size and reach 1 m in height. The Crocosmia develops bulbs or tubers.
Letís add some organic fertilizer or humus to the soil, when planting our bulbous plants, in the spring or autumn; later letís remember to start fertilizing when the flowers are withering, using, every 15-20 days, a specific fertilizer for bulbous plants.
Letís water these plants only when the substratum is clearly dry using 1-2 glasses of water ; during this period of the year we should intervene every 1-2 weeks , or even less if the weather is rainy. To avoid that the bulb or tuber should become rotten, we must remember to avoid excessively abundant waterings, which keep the soil wet for a long time.
The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favour the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated pre-emptively with a systemic fungicide, to use before the gems grow excessively; at the end of the winter we also suggest a wide range insecticide to prevent the attack of aphids and cochineals. We should always remember to do these treatments when there aren't flowerings in the garden.
We advise cultivating these bulbous plants in a soft and light, very well drained, soil.
Seeing the quite contained development itís possible to grow these plants in a container. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.
This page concerns the weather continental it is possible to choose another climate area continental mediterranean