Pre-Order Saffron Crocus Corms
Grow saffron in your home garden!
Plant saffron corms (crocus sativus) at the end of August-beginning of September and they will bloom mid-October through mid-November. Expect 1 or 2 flowers per corm (you may get more!).
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- Size: 10+cm circumference.
- Ships late August- early September 2019.
- Plant immediately for Fall 2019 harvest.
- Needs well-draining, rich soil.
- Keep soil moist, but do not overwater.
- Zones 6-9.
- Planting Depth: 3"- 6" deep and 4"-6" apart.
- Plant in a sunny spot (at least 6 hours of full sun a day).
- Protect from rodents (gophers and voles love to nibble the corms).
- You can also force the corms, as you would with narcissus for a beautiful tabletop garden. (To force, keep in a cold room or outdoors until flowers begin to appear).
Once the flowers bloom, you may choose to pick the long red stigmas out of the flowers to use for saffron, leaving the rest of the flower intact to enjoy, or harvest the whole flower.
Dry the stigmas on a paper towel overnight or for 20 minutes in a very low oven (150 degrees), until the threads are dry to the touch. Store in an airtight glass container in a dark cupboard. Your home-grown saffron will be ready to use in late January (dried saffron needs at least two months to cure to reach full potency).