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Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Choose from 30 or 60 Bulbs

From: £9.99
  • Grow the most expensive spice in the world!
  • The Saffron flowers demand attention in your garden. They are truly beautiful.
  • Plant these flowers in your flower beds & flower borders for stunning display and iconic scent.
  • When planted in a decorative container, the Saffron flower will really stand out!

Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Grow the most expensive spice in the world!

The Saffron Crocus Bulb is a beautiful autumn blooming Crocus (Crocus sativus). Saffron is the quintessential season for paella and other delicious Mediterranean dishes. Rich in taste, aroma and history, Saffron is the whole package in your garden.

The Saffron flower is a Crocus variety that commands attention and throughout history that is exactly what it has done! The spice was very much sought after by the Ancient Greeks for its aroma, colour and health benefits. As early as 400 BC, Hippocrates was writing about how amazing Saffron was and even wrote about it being a ‘cure’ for coughs, colds, stomach aches, insomnia and heart problems!

Famous for the rich yellow coloured powder that Saffron produces, it has been used as dye for clothing for centuries. A single gram of Saffron can dye roughly 40 litres of water, creating a distinctive yellow hue that has been used by buddhist monks for many years. In fact this is still the way they dye their Kāṣāya’s.

The Flower

The Saffron Crocus produces purple flowers, delicately decorated with fine brush strokes of purple throughout the petals. The 3 pronged stigma protrudes from the centre with a striking crimson colour to contrast beautifully with the rest of the plant, making them really stand out amongst other flowers. The crimson stigmas are what is needed to create the most expensive spice in the world. However, you don’t have to harvest these stigmas. Keep them on the flower to enjoy the contrasting colour and the striking scent they produce.

Looking after your Saffron Plant

For the best results from your Saffron Crocus Bulbs. Plant them in a warm, sunny environment that is sheltered. They require a rich, moist soil that is well drained. If the soil is too moist when the bulbs are dormant it may lead to the bulbs rotting.

Growing Information

Growing Information

The Saffron Crocus is hardy and flowers in the autumn before it becomes dormant in April once the foliage dies back. Flowering will commence approximately 40 days from planting although some bulbs will not flower in the first year. Each bulb may produce up to 6 or more flowers over a period of 15 days. The bulbs should be planted 10-15cm (4-6") deep and 5 cm (2") apart in a sheltered, warm, sunny position. Saffron Crocus prefers a well-drained soil in a position that dries out when the plants are dormant. (Dry soil in dormancy prevents the bulbs rotting and aids formation of the flowers for the following autumn). An ideal position would be at the base of a south facing wall or in containers that could be moved into a greenhouse between April and September. Each bulb will only last one season and will be replaced by 1-10 new ones. The new bulbs produced grow above the old ones and will gradually creep nearer the surface so it will be necessary to lift and replant them every few years. This is best done in August.

To obtain saffron, the 25mm red stigmas need to be carefully removed with tweezers as soon as the flowers are fully open on a sunny day. This needs to be done as soon as possible but flowers will last a few days before withering. Dry the strands for approx 10 mins in an oven at 50C. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning and don’t touch the strands before they look dried down. They will become crispy/ crackly when touched. This temperature is required to allow the chemical reactions to occurs that give the saffron its distinct flavour and aroma and improves levels of active ingredients. Once dry the saffron needs to be stored in s sterile airtight container for at least 1 month to allow flavour and aroma to develop.

Although the bulbs we supply are of the highest quality, it is possible that some will not flower in the first year. Occasionally some bulbs may need a full season to enable them to reach the size and maturity needed to produce a flower. Feed the corm with potash feeds after flowering and then in Spring to improve chances of flowering next year.

Order Despatch

Orders are despatched promptly by post or parcel carrier. Seasonal items such as plants are sent separately with the estimated delivery times stated against each variety both in our catalogue and on our website.

Small items are sent by Royal Mail and larger items by courier. When ordering large items please provide your phone number so that the courier can contact you if necessary.

Please note that when several items are ordered they may not all be delivered at the same time.

Delivery Charge

Standard Charge

Packet seed, garlic, onion sets, shallots and mushroom spawn (except windowsill kits) incur a carriage charge of £1.99.

All other products incur a carriage charge of £4.99.

If your order comprises of a combination of carriage charges then the higher carriage charge will be applied.

Exceptions

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly & areas of Scotland with postcodes starting AB30 plus, BT, GY, HS, IM, IV1 plus, JE KA27, KA28, KW1 to KW16, PA20 to PA38, PA41 to PA80, PH10 to PH40, PH42 to PH50, TR21 to TR25 and ZE: For orders weighing less than 2kg standard charge applies. Where the weight of the order is 2kg to 10kg the carriage charge is £9.99. Where the weight of the order is over 10kg the delivery charge is £14.99

Orders to the Isle of Wight and Isle of Scilly: For orders weighing less than 2kg the standard charge applies. Where the weight of the order is 2kg and above the carriage charge is £14.99.

Republic of Ireland: For orders weighing less than 2kg the standard charge applies. Where the combined weight of the order is 2kg and above, the carriage contribution is £14.99.

EU countries: We can only deliver packet flower and vegetable seed to EU countries. The delivery charge is £4.99 per order.

We reserve the right to contact you and advise an additional charge where necessary, and are happy to quote for carriage specific products to outlying areas.

Some very large items may not be available to all areas.

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Saffron Crocus Bulbs

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