Crocosmia Bulbs ,Babylon, ORANGE FLOWERS
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Babylon bulbs feature vivid orange flowers and are easy to maintain. Plant in well-drained soil for best results, and enjoy the unique cascading blooms throughout the summer months. These bulbs are hardy and will last for years with minimal care.
Elegant, Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Babylon' features clumps of erect, bright green, sword-shaped leaves and delicate sprays of star-like, downward-facing flowers of rich red-orange that open wider than some of the more traditional varieties, revealing their scarlet throats, from midsummer through early fall.
Crocosmia is a stunning perennial that grows from bulb-like structures called corms. 'George Davidson' adds bright yellow color to the garden, as the long, spiky blooms rise above deep green, lance-shaped foliage. At maturity, the plant reaches heights of about 4 feet. A sun-loving plant, crocosmia is easy to grow. It is relatively drought-tolerant and thrives in nearly any well-drained soil. Crocosmia is suitable for planting in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 6 through 10.
Spade or till the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Dig in 2 to 3 inches of compost or manure, as crocosmia prefers rich, well-drained soil.
Plant crocosmia when the soil is at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit and all danger of frost has passed. In cooler soil, the corms are susceptible to rot.
- Dig a hole for each corm, making them deep enough that the corm will be at a depth of 3 to 5 inches. Allow 6 to 8 inches between each corm.
- Water crocosmia deeply after planting. Thereafter, water regularly throughout the growing season. Provide enough moisture to saturate the roots, and then withhold water until the top of the soil feels dry. Never over-water, as crocosmia is relatively drought-tolerant and the corms may rot in soggy soil.
- Watch for spider mites, which often feast on the foliage of ornamental plants. Spider mites look like tiny specks that gather en masse on the underside of leaves. Insecticidal soap spray is often an effective method of control. Healthy plants are less susceptible to damage.
Protect crocosmia from slugs, which often chew holes in the leaves. Prevent the pests by removing leaves, grass clippings and other plant debris from the soil around the plants. Control infestations with slug bait. Apply the bait strictly according to label guidelines.