Crocus Sativus or Saffron crocus
Commonly called ‘Saffron Crocus’ the botanical name is Crocus Sativus, and bulbs are readily available for sale online from specialist nurseries. Growing saffron in the home garden is not difficult given a sunny position and a well drained soil.
These are an autumn flowering bulb and can be used for gathering the stigmas to make saffron, or simply grown as ornamental bulbs.
Crocus Sativus is prefers a sunny position in a well drained loose soil, keep damp during the flowering season. The best time to plant bulbs is in spring, although they can be planted earlier.
The saffron threads come from the stamens of the flower and are used as a spice in eastern dishes such as saffron chicken, the saffron threads should be harvested (with a pair of tweasers) as soon as the flower opens.
Allow to dry in a shaded but well ventilated spot for 4 – 5 days. Store in an airtight container, and hey presto fresh saffron the most valuable spice in the world.
Buy and Plant Crocus Sativus in December to January for harvesting in Autumn.
- Position- Full sun to a little light shade.
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Height – 10 cm.
- Flower color – Lilac with purple veins.
- Flowering period – Autumn.
- Planting depth – 10 – 15 cm.
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
- Drought tolerant – Yes.
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Crocus Sativus or saffron crocus are available for sale from the following nurseries
2 Jacksons Hill Rd, Menzies Creek VIC 3159
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52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
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