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07-12-2010, 05:47 PM #1
Growing your own saffron
I am having 40 Crocus sativus cashmirianus (= Kashmir saffron crocus) corms on the way from a botanical garden. These are the source of the rare Mongra or Lacha saffron. I am very excited and looking forward to growing my own saffron.
Has anyone else tried to grow their own saffron? Any tips and tricks for growing them in a temperate climate?Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.
07-12-2010, 10:50 PM #2
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You know, because of the cost and tremendous profit involved in the Saffron trade if the syndicate finds out your growing your own you'll be wearing a new pair of cement overshoes at the bottom of the Harbor.Every day without fail one should consider himself as dead-Tsunetomo
07-12-2010, 11:13 PM #3
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07-12-2010, 11:15 PM #5
I know NOTHING about the process except that it takes a LOT of stamens to make enough saffron to do anything.... but that sounds like a really cool project! Pictures and stories would be much appreciated as you do this!
07-13-2010, 08:53 AM #6
I'm with ya on this, but wonder how long it can be sustained. Guess it would be dependant on your needs
It has been something I've wanted to try myself
07-18-2010, 04:28 AM #7
Well... I'm interested.
My contact in Bolivia for good Saffron has returned to the states and I find myself having to pay exorbitant prices for the stuff to keep my supply up.
Is it possible to grow the stuff indoors in pots?.. If so, I may have to take up gardening.
07-18-2010, 05:29 AM #8
You can grow them in pots, which is espcially recommended when you have wet summers. During aestivation the corms will rot when the soil is too wet. You can of course dig them up as well as soon as the foliage starts to die down.Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.