SPRING CROCUS Crocus Paschei
Crocus paschei is a species of Crocus originating from Turkey. Large, silvery, soft violet-blue flowers have small golden throats and yellow anthers and prominent red-orange styles. They lend themselves to being unusually attractive in pots as they produce solid congested clumps, the flowers crowding together to form a solid mass. This plant is extremely rare, and indeed is protected in the wild. It was discovered in the Taurus Mountains of Southern Turkey in 1994, and the locality is a closely guarded secret. These precious seeds are related to the original find by Erich Pasche.
Type: Hardy perennial
Height: 4", 10 cm
Location: Sun or part shade
Hardiness zones: Hardy perennial. Exact zones not known.
Note: Ornamental use only. These seeds and/or plants may be poisonous.
Seeds per pack: 3
Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 6-8 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall or winter, while temperatures are cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist. Patience is needed, but they are well worth the wait!