Crocus sativus

Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs

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10 bulbs £4.19
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30 bulbs £12.57 £12.00
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60 + 30 FREE bulbs £36.00 £25.00
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Buy Crocus sativus Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs: Grow your own saffron (the most expensive spice in the world)

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: October to November
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Bulb size: 7/-

    Grow your own saffron (the most expensive spice in the world), with this beautiful crocus. It produces large sterile, 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 from August to October in gritty, well-drained soil and keep the area weed free.

  • Garden care: Plant bulbs 10-15cm (4-6in) deep from August in a hot, sunny spot. They can even be planted in grass but do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back. Saffron crocus can only be propagated by dividing the corms. After 3 to 4 years dig up the corms, divide and replant in fresh soil.

    Please note that as these autumn flowering crocus have an incredibly short shelf-life, it is quite common to see them already flowering when they are delivered. This will not have an adverse effect on the the long-term health and vigour, and the ones that have not started to flower should be planted out as normal, taking care not to damage any emerging shoots. Those that have started to flower should be taken out of the bag and placed on a sunny windowsill where you can enjoy the show. As soon as the flowers have faded (and before the leaves develop) these too can be planted out.

  • Humans/Pets: Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten

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I would not buy so near flowering time


I don't understand why these bulbs are offered for sal so late in the year when their flowering time is usually first two weeks of October. It says they are difficult to store, and won't be delivered till September .I have bought them several times from Crocus but they don't flower till the following year. If they were sold in August they might stand a better chance. I wouldn't plant them in grass as the leaves remain over winter and are usually quite a big clump.

Herby M

Herby M


Bulbs didn't flower


We have bought saffron crocuses from here twice now. Have planted them in two different places. (garden and allotment) Have followed the planting instructions, but no flowers.




I wouldn't buy this product again


These crocuses were planted in pots as per the instructions but so far have only produced leaves and no flowers. This is the second season that I have had them and I am moving half of them into a conservatory to get the heat that perhaps is missing for them to flourish. I would not buy them again because I am not having success with them. It was an experiment which has not succeeded but it was worth a try. If they don't flower this year I will bet rid of them.




I would definitely buy this again.


I bought these for my mum and they've just started flowering. She loves them.




Mixed results


These are quite expensive bulbs, compared with spring crocus. I planted a lot of these in various locations. Most but by no means all actually came up and flowered. None has yet shown any signs of returning for a second year but it may still be too early.




Bulbs came swiftly and in good condition


It's difficult to give a comment yet as the crocus have not yet flowered - they're an autumn variety. The bulbs were in great condition and I planted them as per the instructions but they started to sprout leaves immediately - I'm a bit worried that this means they will not regrow and flower at their proper season. I'll try to remember to leave an additional comment to say if they flowered successfully at the right time later in the year.


East Midlands

Never thought I could grow saffron in scotland. Brilliant


Amazed! Beautiful blooms. So pleased.


PH11 8JA


Not a single flower in two years


Followed instructions fully after discussing with Crocus staff, two years on we just get leaves, we have them planted in may different locations around the garden, not one flower.




Maybe next year.


I want to grow my own saffron. I bought the bulbs and planted them in pots in autumn. Only two flowered and I picked and dried the stamens but I wasn't expecting any better that first year. On the second year the bulbs were blind, leaves but no flowers. Better instructions are needed to get results.

Cornish Girl





Planted these approx. 9 months ago. At first very impressed by the number of shoots per bulb and how quick they appeared. Planted in two locations - one pot and one sheltered rock garden - performed equally in each. Leaves have stayed throughout the winter but as yet no sign of a single flower, even though other varieties of crocus are in full swing. Perhaps I am expecting too much!


South East


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I have planted my saffron crocuses in a place with too little sun as I've not had flowers since the 1st year and had them now for 3 years. I want to move them to a better part of the garden but when is a good time to do this? Also, how deep should they be? Thanks.


These plants do like a sunny spot, so I suspect they will be much happier after they have been moved. The best time to tackle this would be when the bulbs are completely dormant, but move them to their new home as quickly as possible, planting them around 10-15cm deep.


Hi there First, thanks for the super prompt delivery. I planted 50 of these middle of September in a 2:2:1 - John Inness No2:topsoil:horticultural grit. I also used some Bulb Starter from Rootgrow. They are in full sun most of the day. Can I expect to see them sprout and flower this year, and if so, when should they start sprouting? Thanks Geoff


Hello, Yes, they should appear in their first year, and this usually happens in October or November.


Our saffon crocuses had much longer leaves than we were expecting (60-70cm) but didn't flower. What did we do wrong? And when should we cut the leaves back, and to what length (now March)? Many thanks for your suggestions.

Sue and Paul

Hello there If you have had long leaves(60-70cm is very long) and no flowers I would say that they haven't had enough sun. Crocus sativus need a sunny site and a well drained soil. You can add grit for better drainage. Don't cut the leaves, let them dieback naturally. Hope this helps.

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 Paul

Paul Rudkin

Hello Paul, You can indeed grow them here in the UK, click on this link to go directly to them:- I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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