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Grow your own Saffron

JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2013 02:56 PM

I'm looking to grow my own. I know it's a crocus bulb. Looking for a source and a good variety.

Thanks,
jb

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    jpc8015 RE: JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2013 03:43 PM

    Do you have a few dozen acres to make this worth the effort?

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      JuniorBalloon RE: jpc8015 Sep 27, 2013 03:56 PM

      I'm not trying to make money, just for personal use. From 100 bulbs you will get approx. 300 threads. I usually use 20 or so in any dish I make.

      jb

    2. Gio RE: JuniorBalloon Sep 27, 2013 04:11 PM

      http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/910891...

      http://www.edenbrothers.com/store/cro...

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        JuniorBalloon RE: Gio Sep 28, 2013 08:25 AM

        Hi Gio,

        I had seen those when I did a search. Have you used those vendors?

        Thanks,
        jb

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          Gio RE: JuniorBalloon Sep 28, 2013 10:21 AM

          JB Hi! I've only bought plants from White Flower Farm in the past and liked everything. They've been around a long time and seem to be quite reliable. Just make sure you buy bulbs that are suitable for your horticultural zone. I'm in zone 6a, north of Boston about 3 miles from the coast.

      2. EWSflash RE: JuniorBalloon Oct 5, 2013 07:23 PM

        Don't know where you are, but I'm in USDA zone 9. Also I was very new at gardening and ordered and planted some saffron crocus. They never came up, or if they did they were devoured by something. I hope you have better results. I haven't tried them since, although I've thought about it.

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          JuniorBalloon RE: EWSflash Oct 7, 2013 05:59 PM

          I'm in zone 7a. I've read they require good drainage. My garden soil is a bit on the clay side. I'm going to make a new bed with lots of compost and sand and a bit of clay. Once that's in I'll order 100 bulbs and see how it goes.

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            peelmeagrape RE: JuniorBalloon Oct 13, 2013 05:42 PM

            I ordered 100 bulbs from McClure and Zimmerman a few days ago. They're on sale 50% off now so I couldn't resist.

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