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Crocus sativus in zone 5?

Posted by yutopia 5a (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 16, 12 at 9:48

Hello everyone,
I'd really love to grow saffron in zone 5. Anyone able to do it successfully? I am in the Pittsburgh area, not far from zone 6. Should I mulch after they sprout and hope for the best?

Liz


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RE: Crocus sativus in zone 5?

I tried once....hardiness was never an issue with healthy leaves every year. They were very shy to flower however with 2-3 blossoms in the 5 years I gave the small clump. No matter how dry I believe my garden is, I still think summer moisture was probably the biggest factor.


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RE: Crocus sativus in zone 5?

Also healthy leaves here... needed protection from the rabbits.

Not much blooming though. I read they need to be dug and replanted just about every year in order to get decent bloom.


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