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  • Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs
  • Eventual height: 0.15m
  • Eventual spread: 0.05m

Crocus sativus

Grow your own saffron - saffron crocus bulbs

Perfect for pollinators
10 bulbs £3.99
10 bulbs £3.99
30 + 20 FREE bulbs £19.95 £11.97
20 + 10 FREE bulbs £11.97 £7.98
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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 from the flowers daily, by removing the stigmas on a sunny morning soon after the flowers have opened and are fresh. Then dry them in a warm dry place, after they are dry store them in a closed airtight container ready for using in cooking.

  • 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.
  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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