Anemones can be planted in autumn or late winter/early spring and these easy to grow bulbs bloom abundantly throughout the spring, often producing up to 20 flowers per bulb. Anemones flower just three months after planting, they are one of the most eye-catching spring bloomers and they make great cut flowers!
- Before planting, soak the corms for 3 – 5 hours in room temperature water, they will plump up, often doubling in size.
- After soaking the corms they can either be planted directly into the ground, or you can give them a head start by putting the soaked corms into a seed tray part filled with soil and then cover them with more soil so that they are completely covered.
- Leave this tray in a cool place, check on them every few days and make sure the soil is moist but not soggy and remove any that show signs of rot or mould.
- The corms will swell to twice their original size and develop little rootlets and once these roots are about 1/8- 1/2″ long, plant them in the ground 2-3″ deep.
During cold spells, if the temperature dips below freezing, cover the plants with a layer of frost protection cloth.
Anemones normally start to flower about three months after planting.
Autumn planted corms bloom in early spring and continue steadily for eight to ten weeks.
Late winter planted corms will flower by mid spring and continue for about six weeks.