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 Growing Saffron?

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AndreaB

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Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 1:03 PM (permalink)
I love Saffron but it is so expensive.  I've just ordered 50 bulbs.  Any advice re planting/growing?
 
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    mar52

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    Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 1:14 PM (permalink)
    Invest in a good forceps.
     
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      tiki

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      Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 2:05 PM (permalink)
      the y are plain old bulbs---they are a crocus--where you are you should have no problem GROWING them--i did--successfully, in California--for yrs--the trick is HARVESTING AT THE RIGHT TIME!!!!--google it--i bet there are lots of references---you have to KNOW what your looking for---and LEAVE SOME--mine just came up every yr and multiplied--but then--i was in California.
       
       
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        tiki

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        Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 2:07 PM (permalink)
        oh---good drainage!!!--and they do well under spring trees before the leaves shade it out
         
         
         
         
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          lleechef

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          Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 4:34 PM (permalink)
          I know saffron is expensive but my professional advice is to buy it if you really want it.  50 bulbs may give you no more than a pinch.  Lot of work for a pinch of saffron.  But then, the flowers look pretty so it's not a total loss.
           
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            joclyn

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            Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 8:42 PM (permalink)
            if you have a lot of squirrels, then you need to put some kind of metal mesh (chicken wire) over the bulbs so that they can't dig 'em up! 
             
            i planted 30 bulbs one fall and they were dug up within weeks...i didn't know the squirrels liked them or i'd have put the chicken wire over top (as i did with the tulips - none of which were dug up).
             
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              AndreaB

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              Re:Growing Saffron? Sun, 08/14/11 8:46 PM (permalink)
              Thanks for the advice - I've been researching and it looks like you have a small window for harvesting.  I just bought 50 because I want to test them first and see how they do.  From what I've read, I should plant the bulbs 4" to 6" deep and 6" apart.  That stuff just tastes so good  and I get sticker shock when I go to the grocery!
               
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