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What to Do with Potted Crocus After Flowering

I received a pot of flowering crocus as a gift. The flowers are gone. Now what do I do? Can I plant them outdoors?

Crocus and other hardy forced bulbs can be moved to the garden for future enjoyment. Remove faded flowers leaving the leaves intact. Move the plant to a warm sunny window. Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again. Fertilize with a dilute solution of any houseplant fertilizer. Growing the bulbs indoors allows the plants to produce and store energy in the bulb for the next blooming season. Remove the leaves as they yellow and dry. Plant the bulbs outdoors in spring when the soil is warmer and workable. The crocus will produce leaves next spring but may not flower until the following spring.


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