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Saffron Crocus Growing Guide

Saffron Crocus Growing Guide

About Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus is an attractive, autumn-flowering perennial with a long and fascinating history of cultivation. Along with purple-veined lilac petals, the flowers are known for their orange-red stigmas, which have been highly prized for thousands of years. Widely known as saffron, its dried stigmas are used in cooking and as a dye.

Taxonomy

Species Crocus sativus in the family Iridaceae.

How To Grow Saffron Crocus

  • Climatic Zones

Saffron Crocus grows best in cool, temperate and arid regions in Australia.

  • When To Plant Saffron Crocus

Plant in late summer for flowering in late autumn.

  • Where To Plant Saffron Crocus

A sunny position is ideal.

  • Soil Preparation

Soil must be well drained. Poor soil can be improved by digging in organic matter before planting.

  • How To Plant Saffron Crocus

Plant bulbs 10-15cm deep, 15cm apart. Use a small amount of blood and bone with a complete fertiliser when planting. Given suitable climatic conditions, the bulbs will naturalise into the garden, requiring little minimal maintenance.

Saffron Crocus Growing Guide

  • Harvesting

If you wish to harvest the saffron threads (the crimson-coloured flower stigmas), use a pair of tweezers to remove them as soon as the flowers open. Allow threads to dry in a shaded, well-ventilated area for 4-5 days, then store in an airtight container.

Buy Saffron Crocus Now

Saffron Crocus bulbs are available to order from Garden Express from mid-October. Don’t miss out on adding these beauties to your garden in the coming months.