Crocus sativus

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available to order from summer 2018
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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 and November
  • 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 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 in August or September in gritty, well-drained soil and keep the area weed free. Harvest the flowers daily, remove the stigmas and dry.

  • Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10-15cm (4-6in) deep from August in a hot, sunny spot. Where the bulbs are planted in grass 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.

  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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Eventual height & spread

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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!

Digger

South East

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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

Geoff

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

Helen

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:- http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/bulbs/crocus/crocus-sativus-/classid.1000000346/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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