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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Saffron Crocus II

25 Silky Cherubic Crocus Sativas Bulbs 

Saffron Crocus II

Saffron crocus part deux. I think the last set of bulbs, once interplanted with other plants ended up rotting.

I wanted to have a successful saffron growing experience, so I ordered more of these fine looking bulbs.

These are some really nice fat bulbs that will do really well, I believe.  I need to find a nice sized pot, and found a couple of drum shaped planters that are fairly deep and wide to spread out the corms a bit.  This is the right time of year to plant them, and indoor planting will result in a great little saffron harvest some day.  If not this year, then next year for sure.
Saffron Crocus In Planter

2016-09-25 Update

The low round planters arrived today, so we get the saffron crocus set up for the growing season!  Soooo excited.  I want to try this home grown spice version out.

We have some aggregate hanging around, so we put some of that
Aggregate In Planters
at the bottom of the planters to allow for some really good drainage. These planters came with a pre-cut drainage hole. Saffron does not like being overly wet.

Garden Fabric Layer
Once the aggregate is added, we then add the weed fabric, which will prevent soils and matter from getting in between the rocks and creating a blockage that will make the saffron crocus really wet and rotted.

After the garden fabric is added, we can then add the potting mix
Saffron Crocus In Soil
- well draining, of course, leaving about four more inches above. Then the round little crocus bulbs were put in with the pointed side up.

Finished Saffron Crocus Planters
Then, finally, the final layer of soil, to about an inch from the top. We trimmed off the fabric around the edges and then added the top layer of mulch to keep a little moisture in.

Now, we just wait for the saffron crocus to appear. It is possible we will only see leaf blades this year.  When we get the flowers, we can harvest the stigmas.

The calculation is: "...for a family of 4 you will need to grow 16 saffron bulbs, in order to have available a sufficient amount of spice to the preparation of 4 dishes seasoned with saffron for each within a year." ~ OffGridOrganicFarm  In general, that breaks down to about 10 stigmas per recipe. 

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