July 22, 2024
Ask the Master Gardener: Spring-blooming crocus flowers can be planted now – Brainerd Dispatch

Pricey Learn Gardener: I am coming up with a memorial backyard at our church and was thinking about planting crocus bulbs this drop. There is a verse in the Bible that suggests, “The desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,” (Isaiah 35:1) so I believed it would be meaningful to plant crocus bulbs. Would they be a very good plant to include and what do I want to know about planting them?

Reply: Sure, they are pretty flowers and typically the very first to bloom in spring. They are outstanding for naturalizing and multiply promptly, as lengthy as the squirrels really don’t try to eat the bulbs to start with. Plant them 3 inches deep and 3 inches aside in teams of a few to nine. They search gorgeous planted in drifts. Crocus crops bloom ideal in complete to element sunlight. The retailers are providing crocus bulbs now since this is a excellent thirty day period to plant them. Make guaranteed to invest in bulbs that are hardy to zone 3.

On an fascinating cultural observe — there are a number of versions of crocus employed to produce saffron. In Biblical occasions saffron crocus grew in the gardens of King Solomon and the saffron was employed as a condiment and perfume. Right now the prosperous orange-yellow stigmas of these types are utilised to generate saffron, which is applied in dishes such as Spanish paella, French bouillabaisse Milanese risotto and Indian curries. Estimates are it can take the stigmas of about 4,300 bouquets to make an ounce of saffron, building it the world’s most costly spice. A single ounce of Persian premium grade saffron sells for about $130. The saffron crocus is hardy to zone 6, but like other tender bulbs (canna, gladiola, dahlia, calla lily) you can dig up the corms and store them over the wintertime and plant them once more in spring.

Allium flowers.

Allium bouquets also can be planted in the drop.

Contributed / Jennifer Knutson

An additional bulb mentioned in the Bible that you can plant this drop is Allium. Most alliums bloom in late spring/early summer months. They are not often troubled by pests or conditions, are deer resistant, and make an superb minimize flower. Some cultivars continue to keep their flowers for almost one particular month. Anticipate tons of pollinators! Alliums entice bees and butterflies. Azure, hardy to zone 3, is a native of Siberia and athletics 1-1/2-inch globes of cornflower blue blooms. Order bulbs hardy to zone 3 or 4, depending on which zone you are in.

Pricey Grasp Gardener: To help you save revenue, I would like to consider saving some flower seeds this year. How must they be stored?

Remedy: Retail store various sorts of seeds in personal envelopes, label the envelope with the title, wide range and day you gathered them. Then, spot them alongside one another in a container. Maintain the seeds dry and interesting — a temperature in between 32 and 41 degrees is suitable, so your fridge is a fantastic put. Use saved seeds in a person year as the germination price and vigor of seeds drop with age.

Expensive Master Gardener: My brother in Illinois has zigzag iris in his garden. Can we improve them in Minnesota?

Response: Zigzag iris (Iris brevicaulis) is an Illinois indigenous wildflower, generally found rising in soaked meadows and swamps. It is hardy in zones 4-8, so gardeners in zone 4 should be in a position to properly mature it and all those in zone 3 could give it a try out. It blooms in late spring, goes dormant by mid-summer time, then reappears in slide. The flowers are blue-purple with yellow flares on the falls and fairly attractive. This plant is an superb addition to a rain yard.

Pricey Learn Gardener: I would like to add a maple tree to my property this tumble. Is a crimson maple a great alternative and does it have gorgeous fall shade?

Answer: Red maple (Acer rubrum), a Minnesota indigenous, is a terrific choice! It establishes very easily and has a medium to speedy advancement fee. It is adaptable to many soil sorts, but grows best in soil with a pH of 4.5 to 6.5. The tree will go through in soils with a increased pH. Purple maple trees improve 40 to 100 toes tall, dependent on the cultivar. In early spring, pink or magenta flowers seem ahead of the leaves emerge and are a good supply of nectar and pollen for early pollinators. The helicopter seeds on female trees, called samaras, can be viewed twirling to the floor in May and June, so you may well finally find minimal maple trees popping up all around. The autumn leaves transform fantastic red, orange, and yellow. Maples are quite sensitive to salt, so don’t plant a person around a highway, driveway, or sidewalk wherever salt is made use of in the winter. One more detail to retain in brain is young trees have slim bark and will need winter season safety with tree guards to stop frost cracks and sunscald. The U of M endorses the adhering to cultivated versions that have been chosen for fall colour, plant variety and measurement, pest and stress tolerances, and are hardy to zone 3:

  • Autumn Spire: 50 ft tall by 25 ft large, red foliage in drop, broadly columnar condition
  • Northfire: 50 toes tall by 40 toes wide, red foliage in early drop, oval shape
  • Northwood: 50 ft tall by 35 ft extensive, orange-pink foliage in slide, rounded oval condition
  • Scarlet Jewel: 70 toes tall by 30 feet extensive, crimson foliage in early fall, upright form, resists frost cracking

You might get your yard queries answered by calling the new Grasp Gardener Help Line at 218-824-1068 and leaving a concept. A Master Gardener will return your call. Or, emailing me at [email protected] and I will response you in the column if place lets.

College of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are skilled and licensed volunteers for the University of Minnesota Extension. Facts specified in this column is primarily based on college exploration.