Jan - Febr height 6" (15 cm) - 10 bulbs
crocus-chrysanthus-ard-schenk. Bee and Stinzen plant. Early flowering crocus - grown free of chemicals - rich in pollen and nectar.
The yellow crocuses bloom first, already at the end of January: one or two weeks earlier than the purple and white crocuses.
BEE PLANT, BUTTERFLY PLANT
Is visited by bees, butterflies and bumble bees. There is not much flowering in January yet and you are doing bees and bumble bees a great pleasure by planting crocuses in fall. In this way you give bumble bees and bees the chance to build up their nest and resistance early and to do their pollination work later in the season. Butterflies that hibernate here drink the nectar after waking up.
NECTAR AND POLLEN
Crocuses have the highest nectar and pollen value (5). This is apparent from a comparison of gestation plants, in which the values are clearly arranged in a publication by the Dutch organic Beekeepers (BDimkers).
HELP THE BEES
Beekeepers choose early blooming flower bulbs because of the pollen - the larvae are fed with pollen. In total, it increases the resistance so that bee colonies are healthier and can, for example, cope with the varroa mite. This is of great importance for the pollination of many types of fruit and vegetables, nuts and other food.
PRINCIPAL GROWN FREE OF CHEMICALS
Plant protection products (poison) can move towards nectar and pollen from the plants. That is why we opt for exclusively flower-free grown flower bulbs and also test these ourselves. All growers are already certified and we look very specifically at the effects for the useful pollinators. They are sensitive to the smallest quantities of chemicals. Read more about it? Look at 'Our quality' or 'Homepage'.
HISTORY AND STINZEN PLANT
Crocuses can be seen from early 1800 on botanical drawings such as in Curtis's Botanical magazine and the 'Atlas des plantes de France'. Many species were brought by marriages with the nobility from the Balkans and southern Europe. They became known in the Netherlands when the residents of fortified houses - the Stinse - liked to see these plants bloom in surrounding ornamental gardens. That is why they are called stinzen- or stinsen plants.
SUNNY SITE AND NATURALIZING FLOWER BULBS
Crocuses respond to the sunlight; during the day they are wide open, in the evening they close again. You can plant them well in the lawn, and they return every year. Put a lot of them together in a sunny spot. Crocuses also do well in a pot or balcony box. Let the flower bulbs bloom and then plant them in a park or park, they will flower there again the following years.