PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Crocosmia paniculata x fucata|
|I don't know where this variety of crocosmia came from... it seems to have appeared out of nowhere, but was probably given to me by my mother or one of her gardener friends. It has possibly been sitting there, sulking for years, but this year the hot bed has been rich with the flowers of this most unusual version of the popular species and thorough research leads me to believe that I have identified it correctly (although sometimes the species names are inverted - fucata x paniculata). This is a very tall crocosmia with long and narrow flowers in orange and yellow with subtle streaks of vermillion. It seems that it is perfect for for humming birds to feed from (not that we have many humming birds in Norfolk!) No seeds have formed this summer - probably because of the lack of humming birds! - next year I'll attempt to hand-pollinate.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Plant corms 4in/11cm deep. Seeds can be direct sown. For more reliable results, sow in winter or Feb-May under glass. Keep moist but not wet. Germination 30-90 days. Transplant seedlings into 3in pots and acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out 12in/30cm apart. Crcosmea don't like crowding, so split mature plants if they fail to flower.|