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  • Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs
  • Eventual height: 0.15m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Crocus sativus

Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs

Perfect for pollinators £3.99
Pot size 10 bulbs
10 bulbs
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  • 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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