We begin shipping forest roots after they go dormant, around the end of September.  Feel free to pre-order these live dormant roots.  First come, first served.

Saffron, Holy (Crocus sativus), top size (+ – 1 inch diameter)

$12.95$30.00

Now accepting orders for the 2020 saffron crop.  These Saffron Bulbs  ship starting in late September.  If you order Saffron Bulbs before that time, we will keep track and ship them to you as soon as we have them.  We ship bulbs inside the US only.

Family: Iris (Iridaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

(Zang Hong Hua) Perennial bulbous plant flowering to 6 inches, native to Southern Europe, Asia Minor and Iran.  Blooming in Oct, the flowers are purple, cupping the long orange-red stigmas–the spice. Plant prefers rich, sandy, well-drained soil in the part shade or sun.

Source of the enticing spice”saffron.” Just a few threads will impart a lovely color to rice and other dishes, lending a delicious taste and fragrance.  Traditional uses (always very low dosage):  Stomachic, antidepressant, oral cleanser, sedative and analgesic. Saffron water is often used in ceremonies to cleanse and make ready for empowerment. As a dyeplant, produces the golden yellow color associated with the robes of spiritual adepts.

Here’s a link to a planta-med publication that just came out showing saffron to be as effective as commonly prescribed antidepressants in treatment of mild to moderate depression https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/a-0660-9565

Cultivation:  Plant these dormant bulbs immediately on receipt for emergence in  the  fall.    Usually  flowers  the  second  year,  although  the  biggest  bulbs  may  flower  soon after planting.  The bulb sends up a spearlike growth of green (see photo accompanying this write-up).   Plant  bulbs  “tip  up”  in  well  drained  soil,  3  inches  deep  and  6  inches  apart.   Depending on when the bulbs are purchased and in what season they are planted, emergence may take as little as 3 weeks or as long as 5 months.  The  bulbs  work  excellently  in  pots, and planting in 3-gallon pots is a good way to assure success while increasing the size and number of bulbs in short order.  This technique also protects the bulbs from predation by groundsquirrels or gophers.  Saffron can also be gainfully grown in raised beds protected by hardware cloth underneath.  The soil used to fill the beds should be sandy yet rich, kept well-weeded and watered infrequently.

What you will receive:  Bag of 6 or 20 dormant bulbs, top size as per image, appx 1 inch diameter, available within the US only

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  1. Question

    tuffy

    once this bulb goes dormant for the Summer season, should it be watered at all? I assume the greens brown out/”die” once the summer comes?

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi Tuffy, Yes, you are right, the plant goes dormant in the spring and doesn’t need to be watered until it emerges again in the autumn. Richo

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    Arash Jacob

    This is excellent! How many bulbs can I place in a 3-gal pot?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Arash, in a 3-gallon pot I’d put 6 bulbs. richo

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    • Nikki Catron

      What zones is saffron good to grow in?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

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  3. Question

    Crystal (verified owner)

    I received my saffron bulbs last fall, planted immediately, and they shot up nicely (I even had a nice blossom!), but they are just looking so sad and droopy right now.

    I believe my problem is the soil I planted them in – I did a mixture of cactus and orchid mix. Where I got that idea I have no darn clue, but would it be safe NOW to repot in the appropriate soil mixture? Or is this just what happens before they die back?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Crystal,
      Good work! Yes, that’s what happens before they enter dormancy. Allowing them to naturally senesce means that they will fix maximum resources in the corm. Re-emergence (and hopefully another flower show) is in the mid to late summer.
      Richo

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  4. Question

    A

    can i plant saffron now its nov. I have been so busy I forgot to plant them earlier? if not what do i do with them? should i put them in the refrigerator and wait until spring????

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello A,
      Your saffron bulbs have surely already sprouted aerial parts, as they are timed by nature to do this in the late summer. If they have no aerial parts, then it is useless to plant them. If they do have aerial parts, as I suspect they must, then plant the bulb in the soil and leave the shoots protruding up into the light an inch or so. You won’t be seeing any flowers this year, but the bulb will take root and you’ll have a good chance of flowers next year.
      r

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  5. Question

    DEFIANT FARMSTEAD

    got a reminder set in my calendar to check back late summer and early fall… want to purchase 10 bags of 6 when available! excited!

    any books or articles on how best to grow?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, we will have the dormant bulbs in September if all goes as planned. Here’s a link to my blog on Saffron https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/how-to-grow-and-use-saffron/

      richo

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    • Janette Gross (verified owner)

      I purchased the Saffron, Holy (Crocus sativus), bag of 12 bulbs, Organic last May. They were planted per instructions by three of us in different gardens. The two other people said they got green leaves but no flowers then the leaves turned brown and died. Mine grew and grew but I don’t think it’s the right plant. The soil was new so there weren’t other bulbs in the pot. What I have looks like some kind of alium. I can send photos as they are still growing!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Janette,
      The description you’ve given sounds like normal for saffron. They make green leaves (that look like allium) which die back in time. The bulb is still underground and flowers will emerge, then more leaves, which will again die back.
      Richo

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    • Janette Gross

      Thanks for your reply. Right now they have what looks like a flower bulb at the end of very long stems – about 15″ high. It doesn’t look anything like a crocus!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      That sounds like one of the growth stages of Saffron (Crocus sativus).

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    • peter Friday

      How can I get it to Nigeria?

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    • Judy

      Admin Judy

      Unfortunately, we can’t ship roots and plants internationally.

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  6. Question

    Ann Marie Scheible

    when can i get more saffron bulbs

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Usually August to September every year.

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    • Joseph Vu

      Please let me know when they are in stock. I need them !

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      OK, we will be offering these in September. r

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  7. Question

    Mary

    hello 🙂 wondering if you may have a suggestion as to why my saffron bulbs expired? I planted them as indicated, they came up quickly and bloomed and then the foliage died back. I have them in a greenhouse set at 60 degrees. they were watered regularly. I checked the pots this week and the bulbs are non existent. I plan to reorder and do not want to make the same mistake. thank you for your time.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      It sounds like the bulbs may have rotted. Regular watering is OK if the medium is very fast-draining (sandy) but if kept at greenhouse temps and in standard potting soil and watered regularly the bulbs can indeed go away.

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    • BETSEY SORRELL

      thank you! might you suggest a recipe for a proper soil mixture? and an average watering frequency?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Standard fast-draining potting soil page 108 of “The Medicinal Herb Grower”:
      8 parts hydrated coir or peat
      8 parts compost
      2 parts coarse, sharp sand
      8 parts horticultural grade pumice (1/8 inch minus)
      small amounts kelp, rock phosphate, ground limestone or oyster shell

      In the case of Saffron, I let them go quite dry between waterings. Have vibrant ones in greenhouse have been watered twice since October.

      Richo

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  8. Question

    Kelly

    Hi, I’d love to get some of these for the coming spring. Do you know when they will be in stock again? Also, would you recommend this variety (or any other) for large scale cultivation as a sale crop?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Kelly, Saffron bulbs are normally fall-planted, and we start offering the oganic bulbs in July or so. We do have potted plants that are nice right now, but they will lose their leaves come spring…

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    • Kelly

      Thanks! I’ll wait for your winter catalog and hope to get my hands on the bulbs in July.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Rightio!

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    • Susan

      Saffron is grown in Afghanistan, where it is quite dry, windy, and sunny. I plan to grow in Tucson, where we have similar weather.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      This is a good idea. We’ll have high-grade saffron bulbs starting in September.

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    • Tirumala Kosaraju

      Are these bulbs organic?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, if they were certified organically grown we would say so. They are untreated material from Turkey. If you want organic bulbs instead, we can do this for you, but you would have to ask. The organic are smaller.
      Richo

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    • Tirumala Kosaraju

      I want the organic bulbs.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi there, then order the bulbs online at http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com and request ORGANIC in the order comments field at checkout. We’ll give you the biggest ones we can find.

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  9. All Hallow's Crocus

    J Oliver Burns (verified owner)

    Saffron crocus emerging, just ten days after planting in late October

    Photo has been removed

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    Saralyn Bellmer

    Do you know when you will be getting these back in stock?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      CURRENTLY IN STOCK!

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      Admin Judy

      Back in stock now while supplies last.

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  11. Question

    Anne

    Are there any special consideration for zone 9-10 gardeners, please?

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    • Diana

      Admin Diana

      Hello Anne,
      I find that anyone out-of-zone growing holy saffron do best to plant in pots. That way if it is just way too hot you can bring the pot into a shady spot on porch or under tree. Pots work well for saffron–protects the bulbs and really gives enough resources for good growth–I’ve grown them this way several times with good success.
      Richo

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  12. Question

    zeropointembodiment

    When will you have Saffron available again or do you know another source for bulbs? I waited too long to place my order…….

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We should have these again in September.

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  13. Question

    Jagruti Pandya

    Saffron is indeed a beautiful plant to grow but how well does it do in Florida weather? I appreciate your input.
    Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Jagruti, You can grow it as an annual but since the plant requires a cold winter to perennialize, Florida is probably not a good choice for perennializing saffron. Richo

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    • Karpagam Gunasekaran

      Is Northern california (Zone 9b) cold enough for perennializing saffron ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, it is cold enough.

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    • Lorie Anderson

      When do you harvest the stigmas and what is the best way to store them ? Thank you !

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lorie, You harvest the stigmas when they are fully formed and before they start to droop. Harvest during dry weather, not morning dew. They can be set in a small saucer indoors until they dry somewhat, then put in a glass pill bottle for storage. I’ve never had them go bad.
      Richo

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    • jushin8848

      Do you have internatioal delivery service to South korea. If what about quarantine and extra delivery chare?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello, No, Saffron bulbs are available inside the USA only.

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    • Elena

      Can you perennialize them in a fridge?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, I have occasionally refrigerated the bulbs to keep them from sprouting, you probably could harvest the dormant bulbs, refrigerate them from November to May and then replant. richo

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    • marianne

      were these grown in the US? if so whereabout?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Marianne, No, the organic saffron from our plantings gets sold earlier in the year, these are conventional bulbs from Iran. If you want us to dig you some organic bulbs you can indicate this on your order and we’ll fulfill accordingly. Richo

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    • Carla Ford

      Will these be back in stock this year?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Carla,
      Yes, Holy Saffron bulbs ship in season, in the fall. We will enable this product as soon as we dig.
      Richo

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