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Saffron crocus

Posted by neptune24 8A, GA (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 18, 13 at 5:38

I planted some saffron crocus bulbs the last week of August. When can I expect them to start coming up? Should they be given lots of water? Also, when will they actually produce saffron--this fall or next? Thanks for any info.

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RE: Saffron crocus

Without checking the web, or Dave's Garden, I think they should bloom next Spring, and the deeply colored stigmas inside each little bloom are the source of saffron.
When you see what is gained from each flower and the tedious job of picking, and then drying the little stigmas, you can understand why saffron is expensive.
Would be interested if you have success.
And post a photo, next Spring, if you can.

RE: Saffron crocus

With luck you should see them towards the second half of October. And yes, if they flower, they will produce saffron. Each flower will produce 3 red-orange filaments from the pistils - this is the saffron. And a little goes a very long way :-)

RE: Saffron crocus

Thanks for your help, bogturtle and gardengal48. Yes, if I have success, I'll try to post some pix. :)

RE: Saffron crocus

Saffron crocus bloom in the fall. However, they may not bloom the first year. Be patient. It's worth the wait. I've been growing them for a long time and they have multiplied to the extent I have plenty to give my friends.

RE: Saffron crocus

wvbetsy Please will you Post a Photo of yours, Dad is Interested in Growing Them

RE: Saffron crocus

I planted Safron crocus corms about 15 years ago and while they have spread, they send out few flowers for me. I was quite disappointed. I can pick out their distinctive leaves in the garden, and every year of so get a few flowers.

I've fallen back to counting on colchicum for my fall bulbs, but I really love the much more delicate autumn blooming crocus when they show.

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