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Crocus Sativus

Crocus Sativus

Pre-ordering for the August 2017 shipping season will soon be possible.

Did you know that we are specialists in the production of Crocus Sativus Bulbs in Holland? We are able to ship our saffron crocus bulbs worldwide. For wholesale quantity requests and shipping internationally, please contact us directly and we will have a saffron bulb specialist guide you.

Saffron is said to make people cheerful and so will this little flower. The little crocus bulbs that flower before Christmas have been neglected, perhaps because everyone muddles them with the "autumn crocus" - the colchicums - which are a much coarser affair. Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group, which also includes such refined favourites as freesias, crocosmia and schizostylis. In Mediterranean countries, once the rains come and the earth turns green again, the grass is studded with tiny flower globes in blue, white or palest pink. They are delicate and their petals are translucent. The appeal of any flower that suggests spring as soon as the leaves begin to fall cannot be over-emphasized. You need all the color you can get when mornings are shrouded in fog and afternoons end at 4pm. Crocus sativus, the saffron crocus, was probably introduced here by the Romans. In Tudor times enough were grown in Essex to give the town of Saffron Walden its name. The orange filaments (try adding them to mashed potato with fish pie) were said to make people cheerful. So cheerful, according to Alice Coats in her book Flowers and their Histories, that one herbal reported "a lady of Trent . . . almost shaken to pieces with laughing immoderately for a space of three hours, which was occasioned by her taking too much saffron". It would be an expensive tonic these days. The price of the dried stigmas is sky high, but you could grow Crocus sativus yourself easily enough. Entrepreneurs might like to create a niche-market for culinary saffron. The rest of us can enjoy the flowers and an occasional treat for the pot. The flowers are large and purple, with darker veins and a violet center around the orange stigmas. It is a showy and rather modern color contrast, but this is not one to naturalize.

The crocus sativus bulbs require deep planting in good soil and plenty of sunshine. Saffron is said to make people cheerful and so will this little flower. The little crocuses that flower before Christmas have been neglected, perhaps because everyone muddles them with the "autumn crocus" - the colchicums - which are a much coarser affair. Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group, which also includes such refined favourites as freesias, crocosmia and schizostylis. In Mediterranean countries, once the rains come and the earth turns green again, the grass is studded with tiny flower globes in blue, white or palest pink. They are delicate and their petals are translucent. The appeal of any flower that suggests spring as soon as the leaves begin to fall cannot be over-emphasised. You need all the colour you can get when mornings are shrouded in fog and afternoons end at 4pm. Crocus Sativus, the saffron crocus, was probably introduced here by the Romans. In Tudor times enough were grown in Essex to give the town of Saffron Walden its name. The orange filaments (try adding them to mashed potato with fish pie) were said to make people cheerful. So cheerful, according to Alice Coats in her book Flowers and their Histories, that one herbal reported "a lady of Trent . . . almost shaken to pieces with laughing immoderately for a space of three hours, which was occasioned by her taking too much saffron". It would be an expensive tonic these days. The price of the dried stigmas is sky high, but you could grow Crocus sativus yourself easily enough. Entrepreneurs might like to create a niche-market for culinary saffron. The rest of us can enjoy the flowers and an occasional treat for the pot. The flowers are large and purple, with darker veins and a violet centre around the orange stigmas. It is a showy and rather modern colour contrast, but this is not one to naturalise. It needs deep planting in good soil and plenty of sunshine. Saffron Crocus (Crocus Sativus) is a very interesting Fall flowering specie.

This variety will give plenty of blooms the first year throwing the expensive saffron spices used for many culinary dishes. The bulbs can be left in the ground for 6 consecutive years and your best harvest for saffron will be reached in the second year after planting. Many more years you can enjoy the Saffron in the Fall! We supply the biggest bulbs on the market, 9/10 cm. We will give the bulbs right after harvest in our climate controlled cells a special temperature treatment for a few weeks in order to enhance the saffron production for the first year. We hold an excellent stock which we have been contracting with the best grower for many years!

Crocus Sativus

Pre-ordering for the August 2017 shipping season will soon be possible.

Did you know that we are specialists in the production of Crocus Sativus Bulbs in Holland? We are able to ship our saffron crocus bulbs worldwide. For wholesale quantity requests and shipping internationally, please contact us directly and we will have a saffron bulb specialist guide you.

Saffron is said to make people cheerful and so will this little flower. The little crocus bulbs that flower before Christmas have been neglected, perhaps because everyone muddles them with the "autumn crocus" - the colchicums - which are a much coarser affair. Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group, which also includes such refined favourites as freesias, crocosmia and schizostylis. In Mediterranean countries, once the rains come and the earth turns green again, the grass is studded with tiny flower globes in blue, white or palest pink. They are delicate and their petals are translucent. The appeal of any flower that suggests spring as soon as the leaves begin to fall cannot be over-emphasized. You need all the color you can get when mornings are shrouded in fog and afternoons end at 4pm. Crocus sativus, the saffron crocus, was probably introduced here by the Romans. In Tudor times enough were grown in Essex to give the town of Saffron Walden its name. The orange filaments (try adding them to mashed potato with fish pie) were said to make people cheerful. So cheerful, according to Alice Coats in her book Flowers and their Histories, that one herbal reported "a lady of Trent . . . almost shaken to pieces with laughing immoderately for a space of three hours, which was occasioned by her taking too much saffron". It would be an expensive tonic these days. The price of the dried stigmas is sky high, but you could grow Crocus sativus yourself easily enough. Entrepreneurs might like to create a niche-market for culinary saffron. The rest of us can enjoy the flowers and an occasional treat for the pot. The flowers are large and purple, with darker veins and a violet center around the orange stigmas. It is a showy and rather modern color contrast, but this is not one to naturalize.

The crocus sativus bulbs require deep planting in good soil and plenty of sunshine. Saffron is said to make people cheerful and so will this little flower. The little crocuses that flower before Christmas have been neglected, perhaps because everyone muddles them with the "autumn crocus" - the colchicums - which are a much coarser affair. Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group, which also includes such refined favourites as freesias, crocosmia and schizostylis. In Mediterranean countries, once the rains come and the earth turns green again, the grass is studded with tiny flower globes in blue, white or palest pink. They are delicate and their petals are translucent. The appeal of any flower that suggests spring as soon as the leaves begin to fall cannot be over-emphasised. You need all the colour you can get when mornings are shrouded in fog and afternoons end at 4pm. Crocus Sativus, the saffron crocus, was probably introduced here by the Romans. In Tudor times enough were grown in Essex to give the town of Saffron Walden its name. The orange filaments (try adding them to mashed potato with fish pie) were said to make people cheerful. So cheerful, according to Alice Coats in her book Flowers and their Histories, that one herbal reported "a lady of Trent . . . almost shaken to pieces with laughing immoderately for a space of three hours, which was occasioned by her taking too much saffron". It would be an expensive tonic these days. The price of the dried stigmas is sky high, but you could grow Crocus sativus yourself easily enough. Entrepreneurs might like to create a niche-market for culinary saffron. The rest of us can enjoy the flowers and an occasional treat for the pot. The flowers are large and purple, with darker veins and a violet centre around the orange stigmas. It is a showy and rather modern colour contrast, but this is not one to naturalise. It needs deep planting in good soil and plenty of sunshine. Saffron Crocus (Crocus Sativus) is a very interesting Fall flowering specie.

This variety will give plenty of blooms the first year throwing the expensive saffron spices used for many culinary dishes. The bulbs can be left in the ground for 6 consecutive years and your best harvest for saffron will be reached in the second year after planting. Many more years you can enjoy the Saffron in the Fall! We supply the biggest bulbs on the market, 9/10 cm. We will give the bulbs right after harvest in our climate controlled cells a special temperature treatment for a few weeks in order to enhance the saffron production for the first year. We hold an excellent stock which we have been contracting with the best grower for many years!

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Flower Color Pink
Common Name Saffron Crocus
Botanical Name Crocus Sativus
Light Requirements Partial shade / Full sun
Bloom Time Fall
Estimated Mature Height 4-6" tall
Optimal planting spread 3-6" wide
Planting Season Autumn
Planting Depth 6-8 Inches deep
Soil Moisture Average
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Saffron Crocus (Crocus Sativus) is a very interesting Fall flowering specie. This variety will give plenty of blooms the first year throwing the expensive saffron spices used for many culinary dishes. The bulbs can be left in the ground for 6 consecutive years and your best harvest for saffron will be reached in the second year after planting. Many more years you can enjoy the Saffron in the Fall! We supply the biggest bulbs on the market, 9/10 cm. We will give the bulbs right after harvest in our climate controlled cells a special temperature treatment for a few weeks in order to enhance the saffron production for the first year. We hold an excellent stock which we have been contracting with the best grower for many years!
How-To-Guides

Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)

Grow your own saffron spice and enjoy the beautiful purple flowers of crocus sativus! Saffron is incredibly expensive to purchase, but also particularly simple to grow. The high price is due to the cost of the intensive labor required to harvest it, rather than any difficulty in growing the flowers. Crocus sativus is by far our most popular fall planted crocus!

How to Grow Crocus Sativus Bulbs:

1. In the Fall, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only partial shade.

2. Planting crocus bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, with wiry roots growing out of one site and a spike on the other. Plant with the roots pointing down and the spike pointing up.

4. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 2-3 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil. 

5. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 3 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together. 

5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.

6. Crocus sativus bulbs will flower 6 to 8 weeks after planting, although occasionally they will wait until Spring to put through their grass like leaves and then the following fall to flower. 

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WHEN WILL THIS ITEM SHIP?

Fall Planted bulbs are shipped from September through December.

Orders placed before Sept 15:
Expect your order to arrive mid September at your location.
Orders placed Sept 15 to Dec 15:
Orders are shipped the same week that they are placed.
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