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Sep 27, 2013 02:56 PM

Grow your own Saffron

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


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

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    1. re: jpc8015

      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.


      1. re: Gio

        Hi Gio,

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


        1. re: JuniorBalloon

          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. 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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        1. re: EWSflash

          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.

          1. re: JuniorBalloon

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