Saffron, Holy (Crocus sativus), bag of 6 Bulbs, top size (+ – 1 inch diameter)

$9.95

Saffron bulbs CURRENTLY IN STOCK.  Please order right away to assure proper planting time and availability.  RAC

Family: Iris (Iridaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

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.

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 dormant  bulbs, top size as per image, appx 1 inch diameter, available within the US only

Saffron bulbs CURRENTLY IN STOCK.  Please order right away to assure proper planting time and availability.  RAC

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  1. Jagruti Pandya

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    Jagruti Pandya

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

      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

      Karpagam Gunasekaran

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, it is cold enough.

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    • Lorie Anderson

      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

      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

      jushin8848

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

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

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    • Elena

      Elena

      Can you perennialize them in a fridge?

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      Richo Cech

      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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  2. zeropointembodiment

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    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

      Richo Cech

      We should have these again in September.

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  3. Anne

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

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    • Diana

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

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      CURRENTLY IN STOCK

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