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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.
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
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.
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By Wolfie and the Sneak
from Matthews, NC
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Comments about High Country Gardens Saffron Crocus Bulbs:
Somewhat hard to find and usually much more expensive. These bulbs were large, healthy, and reasonably priced.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Harvesting my own saffton - what a great way to save money!
from Broomfield, CO
About Me Master Gardener
I never even knew how saffron grew until I read an article in the Denver Post entitled "Saffron growers look for a foothold in the U.S." Once I realized I could grow this expensive spice at home, I checked HCG to see if they sold it. Sure enough . . . so I ordered it and planted it in three different spots in my landscape. I was thrilled when ALL the bulbs bloomed in the fall, and I enjoyed harvesting the stigmas for a little "red gold" to add to my spice cabinet.
Maybe next year?
By Northern CA Gardener
from Sierra Nevada foothills
Planted in my garden according to the provided instructions.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Bloomed this year!
By first time gardner
About Me Getting Started
Ordered these beauties earlier this year, planted them, they've bloomed and I was able to harvest saffron! Very impressed, nice size bulbs, easy planting instructions.
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The darlings of my garden
from Irvine, Ca
I planted 5 dozen of these lovely bulbs this year and they did not disappoint. They are fast to grow, fast to flower and my kids love collecting the stamens to use for cooking. So few flowering bulbs produce anything edible and these are a stellar exception.
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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)
Stunning and reliable, if you wait
By Crickets Meyeres
from Kanab UT high desert dry area zone 7
Truly incredible flower with very unique bloomtime of late fall. The colors are breathtaking! They make a wonderful last supper for end of season pollinators. I leave the blade like leaves resembling grass year round. To remind me where they are planted and also because I enjoy their look. The long blades arch gracefully back to the ground. They are not spiky, but gracefully bending. they remind me of beargrass found in the Rocky Mountains. This took much longer than I was expecting to come to fruition, two months when I was looking for them after just a "few weeks" as promised in the listing. Now that I know to adjust my expectations, I don't worry, I just enjoy these beauties! Every single bulb produced for me.
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