Late Summer planted

Crocus sativus

Order Code: 77-20

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The source of saffron, gathered from collecting the bright red styles from each flower. So each flower only yields a very small harvest - which is why Saffron is so expensive.These bulbs react to the lowering of the soil temperatures by flowering in the late autumn while the spring flowering forms flower as soil temperatures rise. The trigger to flower is a severe drop in night temperatures, so in some autumns when there is just a general drift towards winter the stimulus to flower is not so strong. By repute they need digging up and replanting into fresh soil every 4-5 years.

Planting Instructions

They need deep planting 4" (10cm) in well drained rich soil in a sunny situation and 3" (8cm) apart.

Plant Details

Flowers    October
Height      4" (10cm)
Hardy

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