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Saffron Crocus Bulbs (Pack of 15)

Saffron Crocus Bulbs (Pack of 15)

Grow Your Own Saffron!

Crocus sativus

The original "Saffron Crocus" used for flavor seasoning. Use stigmas for cooking or as part of the landscape in rock gardens, woodland gardens, ground covers, or borders. Does best in areas with hot, dry summers.

  • Bulb Diameter: 9cm+
  • USDA Zones: 4-8
  • Bloom Time: September - November
  • Height: 4-6"
  • Planting depth/Spacing: 2"/1"
  • Deer Resistant: Yes

Saffron, known for its vibrant color and unique flavor, originates from the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). This beautiful flowering plant is prized not only for its culinary uses but also for its ornamental value. Understanding how to grow and care for saffron flower bulbs can add a touch of exotic elegance to your garden.

Description of Saffron Crocus

The saffron crocus is a stunning autumn-blooming perennial. The plant produces delicate, lavender-colored flowers with striking red stigmas. These stigmas are the source of saffron spice. Each flower typically has three vivid red stigmas, which are hand-harvested and dried to produce the spice.

The petals of the saffron crocus are a soft purple with darker veining, creating a beautiful contrast against the vibrant red stigmas. The flowers emerge from slender, grass-like leaves that are a deep green, adding a touch of color to gardens during the fall season.

Growing Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Saffron crocus bulbs, also known as corms, are relatively easy to grow given the right conditions. Here are some key points to ensure successful cultivation:

Climate and Soil Requirements

Saffron crocus thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6-9. It prefers well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Sandy or loamy soils are ideal as they prevent waterlogging, which can lead to bulb rot. Planting in raised beds or containers can also help improve drainage.

Planting Time and Depth

Plant saffron crocus bulbs in late summer to early fall, about 4-6 weeks before the first expected frost. Plant the bulbs 4-6 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Ensure that the pointed end of the bulb faces upwards.

Sunlight and Watering

Saffron crocus requires full sun to thrive. Ensure the planting site receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Water the bulbs thoroughly after planting and maintain consistent moisture until the foliage appears. Once established, saffron crocus is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Overwatering can be detrimental, so it’s important to let the soil dry out between waterings.

Care and Maintenance

Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. However, avoid covering the bulbs directly with mulch to prevent rot. In colder climates, a layer of mulch can protect the bulbs from freezing temperatures.

After flowering, allow the foliage to die back naturally. This process is crucial as the leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs to store energy for the next growing season. Once the leaves have yellowed and dried, they can be removed.

Harvesting and Storing Saffron

The best time to harvest saffron is in the early morning when the flowers are fully open. Gently pluck the red stigmas from the flower, being careful not to damage the delicate petals. Each flower yields only a small amount of saffron, so patience and careful handling are required.

After harvesting, dry the stigmas in a warm, dark place. Once dried, store saffron in an airtight container away from light and moisture. Properly stored saffron can retain its flavor and color for several years.

Culinary Uses and Flavor Profile

Saffron is renowned for its distinct flavor and aroma. It imparts a rich, earthy taste with subtle notes of honey and hay. The spice is commonly used in a variety of cuisines, including Indian, Persian, and Mediterranean dishes. It adds a golden hue and a unique depth of flavor to dishes like paella, risotto, and bouillabaisse.

Growing saffron crocus bulbs can be a rewarding experience for any gardener. With their beautiful flowers and the added bonus of harvesting your own saffron spice, these bulbs are a valuable addition to any garden. By following the proper planting and care techniques, you can enjoy the beauty and flavor of saffron for years to come.

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Description

Crocus sativus

The original "Saffron Crocus" used for flavor seasoning. Use stigmas for cooking or as part of the landscape in rock gardens, woodland gardens, ground covers, or borders. Does best in areas with hot, dry summers.

  • Bulb Diameter: 9cm+
  • USDA Zones: 4-8
  • Bloom Time: September - November
  • Height: 4-6"
  • Planting depth/Spacing: 2"/1"
  • Deer Resistant: Yes

Saffron, known for its vibrant color and unique flavor, originates from the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). This beautiful flowering plant is prized not only for its culinary uses but also for its ornamental value. Understanding how to grow and care for saffron flower bulbs can add a touch of exotic elegance to your garden.

Description of Saffron Crocus

The saffron crocus is a stunning autumn-blooming perennial. The plant produces delicate, lavender-colored flowers with striking red stigmas. These stigmas are the source of saffron spice. Each flower typically has three vivid red stigmas, which are hand-harvested and dried to produce the spice.

The petals of the saffron crocus are a soft purple with darker veining, creating a beautiful contrast against the vibrant red stigmas. The flowers emerge from slender, grass-like leaves that are a deep green, adding a touch of color to gardens during the fall season.

Growing Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Saffron crocus bulbs, also known as corms, are relatively easy to grow given the right conditions. Here are some key points to ensure successful cultivation:

Climate and Soil Requirements

Saffron crocus thrives in USDA hardiness zones 6-9. It prefers well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Sandy or loamy soils are ideal as they prevent waterlogging, which can lead to bulb rot. Planting in raised beds or containers can also help improve drainage.

Planting Time and Depth

Plant saffron crocus bulbs in late summer to early fall, about 4-6 weeks before the first expected frost. Plant the bulbs 4-6 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Ensure that the pointed end of the bulb faces upwards.

Sunlight and Watering

Saffron crocus requires full sun to thrive. Ensure the planting site receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Water the bulbs thoroughly after planting and maintain consistent moisture until the foliage appears. Once established, saffron crocus is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Overwatering can be detrimental, so it’s important to let the soil dry out between waterings.

Care and Maintenance

Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. However, avoid covering the bulbs directly with mulch to prevent rot. In colder climates, a layer of mulch can protect the bulbs from freezing temperatures.

After flowering, allow the foliage to die back naturally. This process is crucial as the leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs to store energy for the next growing season. Once the leaves have yellowed and dried, they can be removed.

Harvesting and Storing Saffron

The best time to harvest saffron is in the early morning when the flowers are fully open. Gently pluck the red stigmas from the flower, being careful not to damage the delicate petals. Each flower yields only a small amount of saffron, so patience and careful handling are required.

After harvesting, dry the stigmas in a warm, dark place. Once dried, store saffron in an airtight container away from light and moisture. Properly stored saffron can retain its flavor and color for several years.

Culinary Uses and Flavor Profile

Saffron is renowned for its distinct flavor and aroma. It imparts a rich, earthy taste with subtle notes of honey and hay. The spice is commonly used in a variety of cuisines, including Indian, Persian, and Mediterranean dishes. It adds a golden hue and a unique depth of flavor to dishes like paella, risotto, and bouillabaisse.

Growing saffron crocus bulbs can be a rewarding experience for any gardener. With their beautiful flowers and the added bonus of harvesting your own saffron spice, these bulbs are a valuable addition to any garden. By following the proper planting and care techniques, you can enjoy the beauty and flavor of saffron for years to come.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 8.0"L x 4.0"W x 3.0"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Bulb

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 8
Bloom Season : Fall
Bloom Season : Summer
Flower Color : Purple
Flower Color : White
Growth Habit : Upright
Life Cycle : Perennial
Plant Usage : Attracts Beneficial Insects
Plant Usage : Culinary Herb
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Fall
Sun Requirements : Full Sun/Part Sun

Planting & Care

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We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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Customer Reviews

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Jon Bischoff
Nice color

Arrived very quick after ordering easy to plant now I'm just waiting for them to pop can't wait

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Sergio
Healthy vigorous bulbs

Planted too recently to know about the flowers but the bulbs are doing great. Definitively recommended

C
Carol
Bulbs were growing upon arrival

Bought these bulbs to add to an existing patch of fall-blooming saffron crocus. Most of them had sprouted before arrival. They were planted immediately--hoping they'll recover and actually produce flowers next fall. Will revise my rating accordingly.

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Tammy
Great! Cant wait

The bulbs came in great condition and got here in time to get in the ground. Thank you! Cant wait to see how they do!

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Kathleen Madeira
Saffron Crocus bulbs

I planted them a little late, but they still came up and flowered. So pretty.

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