Growing Flowering bulbs in warm climates – Anemone

I love flowering bulbs and fall is the best time to plant spring flowering bulbs in warm climates like lahore. I avoid planting bulbs like tulip, puschkinia, fritillaria, scilla, hyacinth etc as they do not grow well in our short and mild winters. We do however force hyacinth bulbs easily. Today i will share with you tips for growing flowering bulbs in warm climates – Anemone.
This is a series of more than 10 flowering bulbs suitable to warm climates having mild winters and tough summers. These are the ones which i bought this November from lahore and planted them in containers. You might notice most of them are south african or australian natives.

First one of the series is anemone coronaria. Price of each tuber is around 20Rs this year.I do not plant all tubers at same time but in regular intervals so that supply of flowers is continuous in spring. Remember that most of the plants in Ranunculus family do well here. Here it goes.

1- Selecting the bulb:
This is the tuber which is very tiny. Remember as in case of choosing a bulbs/tuber/corm, choose the biggest and fattest one. Large one will produce big flowers. This is a must in our climate and i buy at least half a dozen tubers of various colors. We buy these in Start of November.
anemone coronaria corm bulb

2- Bury in a pot full of sand (yes, sand only). Bury the tubers few inches deep in sand. Do not worry up side or downside planting, it will work both ways. Water it thoroughly and keep it in sand for about a week or so. do not let sand dry out and keep it moist.

This is the same tuber after 10 days, swollen and roots sprouted. you can also see the leaves shoots sprouting. Now you also know which side to plant down and which side up.
anemone coronaria swell after soaking

3-Now plant it in prepared soil having some leaf mold and compost. And plant them 2 inches deep in soil. Do not worry if the shoots of leaves are visible above soil surface. Water the soil and keep it in partially shaded area. It needs bright indirect sunshine and morning sun would be best for it. I mulch it with fine grade coco peat so that moisture is retained in the soil. I water once every 10 days and i still think i am impatient ๐Ÿ™‚

4- This is the situation after another 15 days. you can see leaves, stems emerging.
anemone coronaria leaves

They should start flowering in next month i guess, waiting anxiously. Give them mild liquid fertilizer when buds form. I will update as soon as this happens. Remember you can save the tubers for next year as well, although i am not sure they will perform equally well as young and fresh corms are generally more vigorous. After the flowers fade in march/april, and green color of leaves start to fade, cut the foliage and dry the tubers in shade. Keep in cool and dry place.

And last but not least, anemones are also propagated by seeds and guess what the flowers are larger as compared to the ones from tubers. But they take lot of time to germinate and come to flowering.

Update: These are the flowers after 2.5 months

Blue anemone is probably the prettiest of all and early bloomer than other colors .anemone coronaria blue flower
blue anemone in lahore

What about this pink one? looking so lovely but way behind the blue one above.

pink anemone coronaria flower


red anemone coronaria

Next Bulb: Ranunculus – Persian buttercup Bloomingdale series





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14 Responses

  1. Zindagi says:

    Great post Khabbab, Good luck with your anemone tubers! Will wait to see them in blooms!

  2. lotusleaf says:

    Very instructive post. I had once planted hyacynth which someone had brought for me from Canada, but it gave only leaves.

  3. lotusleaf says:

    Very instructive post. Thanks.

  4. thanks @zingadi
    @lotusleaf – Try hyacinth forcing in water jar this fall. It is so simple and easy. Forcing hyacinth in water will be my third post of this series ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Amy says:

    That tuber is so small. Can’t wait to see the outcome! Enjoyed your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. janie says:

    This is a great post! I am printing it out for future use, and I am going to watch for the rest of the series. We grow the same bulbs you grow, I would bet.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. azplantlady says:

    Hello Khabbab,

    What useful information. Especially for someone like me who lives in a warm climate. I would like to try growing bulbs and now I can use your information to try.

  8. Mary Delle says:

    What an informative post!!! I’ve never taken such care with bulbs. Perhaps that’s why I don’t have as good luck with them as you. I will try what you say and look forward to more such posts. Thanks, Khabbab!!!

  9. Sunita says:

    Very instructive! I’ve not dared to try growing these cool weather bulbs. Mainly because they’re not easily available here as far as I know.

  10. This plant is on my list. Thanks for the information! Well done!

  11. LeSan says:

    You packed a lot of great info into this post. Nicely done! I currently have about seven hundred of those cold loving bulbs sitting on my front porch waiting to get into some dirt so they can do their thing. Viva la bulbs…of any kind.

  12. Autumn Belle says:

    Thanks to your detailed and informative post, I now think that growing bulbs is a great idea too. That reminds me that I need to find some arrowheads to grow for my New Year season. Cheers to you Khabbab!

  13. Izhar says:


    Its Izhar from Karachi, do you think anemones and rannunculus will perform good at Karachi in winters?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hello Khabbab, I grow the same varieties of anemone, always pleased with results. Found thirty bulbs today which are soaking prior to planting but after reading your excellent post plan to start some of them off in sand tomorrow.

    Craig, London UK

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