Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) blooms in autumn with lovely lilac petals enclosing three deep orange-red stigmas per flower. These are the source of what we know of as saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Not only are these lovely crocuses a source of visual candy in the fall, but you can harvest the spice yourself and enjoy them in recipes throughout the year. Plant your saffron Crocus bulbs as soon as they arrive in late summer. They will sprout and grow in about 6-10 weeks (sometimes in as little as 4-6 weeks), putting on a colorful fall display. If there is danger of frost in your area, plant in containers that can be brought indoors.

Zones6 - 10
Advantages
Good For Containers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Edible
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Plant Size4" tall
Bulb Spacing12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid to late fall
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SizeBag of 12
SKUHC008528

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) brightens up fall with soft lilac-violet flowers. Find a sunny, well-drained spot and plant them in a group as soon as you receive them in late August or September. If there is danger of frost in your area, plant in containers that can be brought indoors.

They will return the favor by sprouting quickly and showing off their pretty flowers. Inside the petals, you will find the deep orange-red stigmas (three per flower). This is the famed saffron spice. To harvest it for cooking, simply wait until your flowers are in full bloom on a sunny day. Pluck the stigmas with your fingers or tweezers and then gently dry them on a paper towel in a warm, dry place. Store them in an airtight container and the next time a recipe calls for saffron – voila!

Read our Growing Saffron Crocus article for more information on planting and harvesting Saffron Crocus  

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SKUHC008528
Common Name
Saffron Crocus
Botanical Name
Crocus sativus
Zones
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
4" tall
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
9 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 2-4" deep
Bloom Time
Mid to late fall
Advantages
Good For Containers, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Edible
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average
Item Package Size
Bag of 12
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Fall
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Growing Saffron Crocus: Basic Planting Steps

Step 1: Plant bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them.

Step 2: Decide on a planting style:

A: Plant crocus bulbs close together to form a cluster, this technique creates a full showy colorful display. Space 12 bulbs per square foot. 

B: For a more natural look, plant crocus bulbs speckled throughout a garden, or under trees. 

C: Plant in a container with well-draining soil.

Step 3: To plant, dig a hole 2-4” deep for each bulb. Plant bulb pointy side up. If the crocus bulbs are being planted in poor soil conditions, add a layer of organic compost, bone meal or Yum Yum Mix around the crocus bulbs. Back-fill with soil and water thoroughly to remove air pockets.

Read our Growing Saffron Crocus article for more information on planting and harvesting Saffron Crocus


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