Saffron Crocus (Crocus Sativus Saffron) shines in an autumn garden with its violet blooms, but best of all, you can harvest your own saffron for use in cooking! These bulbs can reliably be grown in zones 6-8, but can also be used in colder climates if bulbs are lifted before ground freeze.
Plant 4" deep and 4" apart
Bulb size 9/10 cm
Crocus prefer full sun and well-drained soil rich in organic matter. The area should not be boggy , but well draining and on the dry side for best results.
Flowers emerge in about 6 weeks after planting and last from 2-3 weeks. Saffron is harvested by plucking the stigmas from the center of the purple, cup-shaped bloom. Dry them in a reasonably warm area and store in a closed container.
Plant as soon as corms arrive.