Grow your own edible seasoning & colouring.
- Plant your crocus bulbs from mid to late autumn
- Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade
- Plant the bulbs 10-15cm deep
- Space the bulbs 5-10cm apart
- Place the bulbs with the pointed side or shoots facing upwards
The saffron part of Crocus sativus is the three long red stigmas which grow from the centre of the bloom. These can be harvested from the flower by tweezing it out, then storing in an air-tight container.
Saffron spice is prized for its unique and distinct flavour and colouring as well as multiple culinary uses, most often used in high-end restaurants. The saffron crocus flower is a pretty mauve colour and traditional crocus goblet shape.
Precious by value but not by nature, Crocus sativus is actually very easy to grow at home in your own garden, enabling you to harvest your own fresh saffron spice in autumn. It’s relatively unfussy when it comes to growing conditions, thriving in most soil types (aside from heavy clay) and enjoying full sun.
Like most crocuses, it’s compact and dainty so you don’t have to have a huge space for it.
While it does look fantastic and provide the best crop when grown in large swathes running through border, it’s perfectly happy in a patio container too.
What’s more, Saffron crocuses are fully hardy and perennial, naturalising over the years to form larger and more impressive groups and, perhaps more importantly, a higher yield of saffron.