Organic Crocus Sativus - Saffron Crocus
Crocus Sativus produces large rich lilac flowers with distinctive purple veins in October and November. An autumn-flowering crocus, it is named after its three long, deep-red stigmas, which are cultivated commercially for colouring and flavouring food.
Plant the bulbs in August or September in gritty, well-drained soil and keep the area weed free. Prefers full sun. Dislikes wet, heavy soils. Harvest the flowers daily, remove the stigmas and dry.
The trigger to the bulbs flowering is a warm spell followed by a sharp decrease in temperature in the autumn. The leaves emerge in the winter and are present through the spring followed by a period of dormancy in the summer. They are best in free draining soil in the open (so that there is no 'blanket' of vegetation protecting them from that dip in soil temperature).
25 bulbs per pack.
Organic Crocus Sativus planting instructions -
Time to plant: August/September, 10cm deep.
After flowering feed with a balanced fertiliser, dead-head and allow the leaves to die back naturally.
Certified Organic NL-Bio -01