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The Crocus 'Orange Monarch' is lauded as the world's only truly orange crocus. But how orange is it? Well that remains to be seen as there are few images available and I have yet to see them in anyone's garden. This is because it a brand new cultivar which only became available on the market in the autumn of 2012.
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Unfortunately, like everyone else I will have to wait until the early spring before I find out for sure.
That aside, the richness of colour shown for crocus 'Orange Monarch' is utterly gorgeous and definitely worth a risk when a packet of ten corms retails at only a few pounds.
But there is a problem. Other than the main photograph shown above, all other images look distinctly yellowish!
This will be due to two things. Either the main photograph has been colour adjusted (the most likely explanation) to make it look more orange than it really is, or the strength of orange pigment is affected by the acidity and/or nutrient mix of the soil.
One year on and my first season of Crocus 'Orange Monarch' were not particularly successful. the colours were correct but there were few flowers and the plants themselves were a little weedy. Be that as it may the foliage grew stronger as the year progressed and so I am hoping for a better display this coming season. We shall see.
Two years on and the foliage has grown back far stronger however the flowers are few and short lived. Still disappointing!
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