‘Flower Record‘ Dutch Large-flowering Crocus has large six-petaled flowers with deep purple petals that form a cup around a ruffled bright orange pistil. It blooms in March or early April for ~3 weeks and grows 4-6” tall and wide, increasing and spreading easily. Flowers close at night and open up in the morning, but usually remain closed on rainy/cloudy days.
Plant 5″ deep and 4″ apart. Cold-hardy to Zone 4.
Crocuses are among the most widely grown early spring bulbs (actually corms). The genus name comes from krokos the ancient Greek name for saffron (Crocus sativus.) It is one of the most ancient plant names.
Crocus are also good for forcing indoors over the winter. Pot them up in mid-October and precool them at a consistent, dark 38°F to 45°F for eight to ten weeks with moderate watering. Bring them into the house, where they will bloom about four weeks later.