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Saffron Crocus: Delightful and delicious!

Saffron CrocusAs someone who loves to cook, I found myself gazing longingly at the wonderful Saffron recipes that I would love to make but couldn’t because Saffron was just too expensive! I never knew, until my time at American Meadows, that growing Saffron is an easy and affordable solution to this problem. Besides harvesting the threads and drying to add flavor to your favorite dishes, Saffron Crocus are a beautiful fall-blooming flower that bring an unexpected splash of color to your garden.

Growing Saffron Crocus is simple and almost instantly rewarding. They are to be planted now, just 2” deep, and will come up and bloom within 4-6 weeks. The great thing about these bulbs is that they can be grown by virtually every type of gardener: from expert gardeners with plenty of space, to novices or those who may only have a balcony or windowsill. Saffron Crocus will thrive if planted in the ground or containers—indoors or out. All they ask for is plenty of sun! Once they come up and impress you with their brilliant purple blooms, you can pluck the bright red stamens from the middle of the flower. The best way to dry the stamens is to set them on a paper towel in a sunny area for about 6-8 hours. You can then store them in an air-tight container until you are ready to add them to your favorite recipe!

Saffron Crocus KitYou will be pleasantly surprised at how far Saffron will go. One bag of 15 Saffron Crocus bulbs will produce about 30-40 stamens, which will go a long way in flavoring your dishes. We offer the Saffron Crocus in bags of 15, or in a charming kit with a copper pot and 5 bulbs. For those who want an affordable way to cook with Saffron, or to brighten up their fall months with beautiful blooms, these bulbs are delightful solution. I have included one of my favorite recipes below to try once you have dried the stamens out and are ready to reap the benefits of your labor, however easy it was! What is your favorite Saffron recipe? Share your recipe or link with other gardeners below.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa Roberts, found at epicurious.com:

Happy Gardening, from your friends at American Meadows.

13 thoughts on “Saffron Crocus: Delightful and delicious!”

  • Thomas

    It's been six weeks since I planted the bulbs and there is no sign of sprouting. I'm tempted to dig a bulb out just to see if there is any growth happening under the soil. I keep the soil moist and of course it is warm here in Hawaii. Does it sometimes take longer than six weeks before it sprouts?

    • amanda

      Hi Thomas! We would definitely recommend digging up the bulbs to see what is going on underneath the surface. What may have happened is that the soil could be too moist and the bulbs have rotted. We are more than happy to send free replacements for you to try the bulbs again. Please contact us and we can come to a solution. Happy Gardening!

  • Deloris Smith

    Want to buy fall blooming crocus. Show me which ones they are.

    • Amanda

      Hi Deloris,

      Thanks for the question! You can find all of our Fall-Flowering Crocus here: http://www.americanmeadows.com/flower-bulbs/fall-flowering-crocus-flower-bulbs
      These are planted in August and bloom weeks after.

      Happy Gardening,


  • evlena thomas
    evlena thomas July 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    do you sell mint seeds or plants also

  • Rosalie Samaniego
    Rosalie Samaniego August 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Will my crocus bulbs bloom again next year or only this one time?

    • Jenny

      Hi Rosalie - thanks for your question! As long as you live in Zone 6 or higher your Saffron crocus are able to overwinter. This means that you can expect to see blooms again next season, as long you care for them properly (plant in loam, do not over-water, and start with high quality bulbs.) Hope this helps and Happy Gardening! - Jenny

      • Susan

        The first year I planted my saffron crocuses, I got two or three blooms per bulb. Last year only leaves came up no flowers at all. What can I do to ensure blossoms this year?

        • Jenny

          Hi Susan,
          Unfortunately, Saffron crocus are known for producing their best bloooms during their first season. By following the advice that I've given Rosalie (above) you'll have your best chance at getting the most blooms possible from your corms. Otherwise, you can expect to see them blomm less and less over the course of time. Sadly, not all plants behave as we'd like them to! Hope this helps - Jenny

  • Rachael

    Hi Jenny, my saffron crocus did not come up the following year. I wondered if the crocus multiply like most bulbs?
    Does it make a difference if the stamens are in tact for them to multiply? What kind of fertilizer would you recommend? Thank you, Rachael

  • Lindsay

    Hi! I planted these last fall in some window boxes on our garden shed. All of them came up and we were able to harvest saffron for a couple of months. Just wondering when I should expect to see them come up. I know they are fall blooming so I'm trying to be patient, but I'm concerned they might have rotted. It's been very wet around here (zone 6a). Also, suggestions on what I could put in with them to have some earlier color??

  • Elisa

    Thank you for this wonderfully informational blog. My husband's a chef and I've already sent him a link to this blog. I foresee planting these in our yard in the near future. I understand I'm currently in the "bulb" section but do you offer these grown? Thank you!

    • Jenny

      Hi Elisa, we don't offer Saffron Crocus grown out; however, they are so quick to bloom that it's generally not necessary to purchase them potted. Here's a fun secret - you don't actually have to plant them to get them to bloom. We have played with leaving them unattended on the porch, gluing them to magnets on the fridge, and sticking them on shelves in our offices - and they always seem to produce! They are that easy. Sounds like you've already got the hard part figured out (how to use saffron in recipes) if you're married to a chef. Happy Gardening - Jenny

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