saffron crocus bulbs
- Position: full sun
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: October and November
- Other features: slender, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 6/7
Grow your own saffron (the most expensive spice in the world), with this beautiful crocus. It produces large, rich lilac flowers with distinctive purple veins in October and November. An autumn-flowering crocus, it is named after its three long, deep-red stigmas, which are cultivated commercially for colouring and flavouring food. To provide the conditions in which it needs to thrive plant the bulbs in August or September in gritty, well-drained soil.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10-15cm (4-6in) deep in August in gritty, well-drained soil. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back.
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Q:Growing Crocus for Saffron?
Hello Crocus, I have just received your latest email, and it reminded me that I have never seen a reference to growing Crocus to get one's own saffron. Is it possible to grow the right sort of Crocus to get saffron in the UK? If so, could one not remove the stigmas and dry them at home to produce even just a few grams of saffron for home cooking. If it is possible, then surely there would be a marketing opportunity for you ... especially as you are called crocus anyway! Regards PaulAsked on 1/20/2010 by Paul Rudkin
A:Hello Paul, You can indeed grow them here in the UK, click on this link to go directly to them:- http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bulbs/crocus/crocus-sativus-/classid.1000000346/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/20/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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