How to Plant Crocus Bulbs

Last Updated on 12/10/2021 by Amber Williams

Crocus bulbs are great additions to your spring garden, contributing a display of small purple, white, and yellow flowers. Crocus are also wonderful pollinators and invite plenty of insects and critters to your beds and borders!

However, if this is your first time planting crocus throughout autumn, then you may feel a bit stuck on where to begin. We’ve written this guide with you in mind, to help you go from bulb to border in just a few easy steps.

How to Plant Crocus Bulbs

First, dig a hole in your desired area that is two to three times the depth of your bulb. Make sure they’re spaced twice the bulbs width apart. Plant with the pointed tip facing upwards, cover with soil, and water once done.

When to Plant Crocus Bulbs

When it comes to planting crocus bulbs, you should always aim to plant them in early autumn. This gives the bulb time to grow through the winter and appear in spring!


Once you receive your bulbs, get them in the ground as soon as possible. Avoid frosty conditions and plant your crocus bulbs in soil that is warm and well-drained.

Where to Plant Bulbs

Where to plant your crocus bulbs depends on the display you would like to achieve. For example, if you’re aiming for a uniform look, plant your bulbs among your beds and borders. If you’d like a more natural look, plant your bulbs informally through grassy areas of the garden.

Crocus bulbs can be planted just about anywhere, as long as they are in full or partial sunlight and have plenty of soil, moisture, and grit for drainage.

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