Orange Monarch Snow Crocus
DetailsOrange Monarch Snow Crocus (Crocus chrysanthus ‘Orange Monarch’) are one of spring’s earliest flowers and a welcome sign of spring. ‘Orange Monarch’ is truly spectacular with its rich orange-gold petals. The outside of the cupped flower is etched in a ruby-black wash, reminding us of Monarch butterflies. Short in stature (3-4"), but big in color, they are garden showstoppers. Because they bloom in early spring, they can be planted above and amongst later blooming bulbs. Planted densely, in well-drained soil, in full-sun-to partial shade, these plucky bulbs will bloom and multiply for years to come, increasing your enjoyment with every spring. When planting them in fall, simply place a piece of chicken wire over the bulbs as you cover them with soil, to protect them from squirrels.
|Common Name||Orange Monarch Snow Crocus|
|Botanical Name||Crocus chrysanthus Orange Monarch|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||3-4" tall|
|Bulb Size||5+ cm|
|Bulb Spacing||16 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant 2-4" deep|
|Bloom Time||Early spring|
|Plant Type - Bulb||Perennial|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Grow in the Lawn|
|Ideal Region||Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs
When you receive your spring-blooming bulbs (crocus, tulips, daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information see our Planting Crocus Bulbs article. For a planting depth illustration, see pages 14-16 of our Planting Guide.
Soil Preparation for Bulbs
A compost-enriched, well-drained soil is best. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.
Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure. However, Muscaria, Allium, Galanthus, Hyacinthoides, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well. Pink daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.
After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.
Protect your Bulbs
Apply a mole or gopher repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.
After Your Bulbs Have Bloomed
Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will ensure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Crocus Bulbs Orange Monarch:
I have an area where I have purple and orange tulips and purple hyacinths and purple alliums. I thought those crocus' would fit in perfectly, but something went all wrong because none of the bulbs grew.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Crocus Bulbs Orange Monarch:
Orange is my favorite color and I was so delighted to see these absolutely tiny, adorable early crocus this March after planting late last fall.
In my garden, these were the last and the tiniest of the snow crocus. I love their wild, natural Woodland look.
They also have a very long bloomtime, they were going strong for a full month. Each bulb seem to produce multiple blooms and a long sequence of flowers. So while each individual flower didn't last a month of course, I had tiny orange crocus for a full month.
Each flower is less than an inch diameter/petal length. So it's more of a gardener's secret delight rather than a big, loud display to show off to the neighbors.
They tend to open in bright light and close fully or partially in shade or dark.
All of my types of crocus got a little bit nibbled by the curious ground squirrels. They didn't really even eat the flowers, they just picked them and scattered them around. That was OK though, I still got to see the blooms, and the plants themselves weren't harmed. In someways I wonder if this mischief caused them to create more blooms.
I included a photo of a large pickwick crocus next to some orange monarch snow crocus for size comparison and also because I think that the stamen of regular crocus match somewhat the orange monarch color, making for a pretty pairing.
After planting, I couldn't tell exactly where I had put these in. But now that they have had their first spring, when they were done blooming they left their attractive, grass like leaves.
So now I can tell where they are and that they are healthy, providing full coverage and ready for their next display the following spring. And where there aren't any leaves, I know where to plant more! ;-)
I didn't take much special care when planting, just threw them in at the specified depth (along with other bulbs and amongst some goundcover), covered back up with dirt, added a layer of tree leaves, watered a few times after planting
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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