Awesome Autumn Garden Haul – Saffron


Ha – nice! A reader writes:

“It may not look like much but this is the most valuable item in our Brookland garden, saffron (crocus sativus). Nine flowers have bloomed so far (each flower provides three saffron threads) and approximately one hundred to go. Paella is in our future!”

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  • That’s awesome!

  • Beautiful – and a great haul!

  • I’d say it’s the most valuable!
    On a completely unrelated note, OP . . . what’s your address? 🙂

    • Ashy Oldlady

      They’re actually very easy to grow. I guess it’s the relatively low output per flower that makes it so expensive.

      • I never thought to try to grow saffron – any recommendations on how to be successful?

        • Ashy Oldlady

          I’ve never actually done it. I’m just going off of what I’ve heard from friends who have done it. You plant the bulbs and the flowers bloom in the following autumn. I don’t think they require any sort of special care. Maybe the OP can fill us in.

        • yeah, I’m really hoping the OP can fill us in, I would LOVE to grow my own saffron but I don’t know if it can be done indoors, since I don’t have a garden or land to plant in.

  • Nice soapstone.

  • Jealous! For those of us who are not so lucky, though, Trader Joe’s saffron is a screaming deal compared to anywhere else I’ve ever bought it. You can get about two large paellas out of each little jar.

  • SouthwestDC

    Interesting, I never would have thought to grow saffron. I’ll bet it’s so much more flavorful when it’s fresh.

    • Oddly, fresh saffron tastes like not much at all. It has to be dried and aged before it develops its signature flavor.

  • Wow! This made my Friday! Thanks for posting.

  • I Dont Get It

    This sort of ruins my mental picture of cloistered nuns picking crocuses in Portugal. Not sure why I have this mental picture…

  • Where did you buy the bulbs? I am so going to try this!

  • I’m just mad about….

  • Hi folks. Thanks for the comments and apologies for the delayed reply.

    Saffron is quite easy to grow and I’m pretty sure it will grow indoors as wel. Plant the bulbs in loose soil about 4 inches deep early to mid-August, water, wait a couple months, and up pop the crocus sativus. Each flower provides three saffron threads so it is a bit labor intensive to get a good quantity but they don’t all bloom at once. I enjoy the quiet time plucking the threads over a two or three week period. and pondering how I’ll use them (plus they’re pretty).

    I purchased about 20 bulbs (technically they are corms but I don’t know the difference) two years ago online (sorry but I don’t recall where) the first year a few came up, the second year all of them flowered, and this past spring I dug up the bulbs and to my delight they had multiplied substantially. I replanted about 140 bulbs in August and am now reaping that crop. They estimate that about 200 bulbs will provide a years supply but of course that solely depends upon how often you use saffron.

    I think that’s it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    P.S. I just planted 200 cloves of garlic which is also extremely easy to grow. It should be ready for harvesting in June.

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