Crocus Sativus

Welcome to Green Garden Flower bulbs. Wholesaler in high quality flower bulbs and Crocus Sativus corms. We offer Sativus bulbs at the most competitive pricing. Very suitable for growing your own organic saffron. Wholesale to individuals and businesses.

Pre-order Saffron bulbs (Crocus Sativus) now and grow your own saffron this year! We hold an excellent stock which we have been contracting with the best grower for many years. The bulbs are available in all sizes, from size 7/8 to 10+.

You can easily buy your Sativus bulbs online at Green Garden Flowerbulbs! Please contact us directly via the form below and we will have a saffron bulb specialist guide you.

All orders will be processed in order of receipt and delivered as soon as possible, upon July 2018.


Grow your own saffron

The world’s most expensive spice, saffron, is produced by the saffron crocus, Crocus sativus. This intriguing and lovely flower’s story is intertwined with a human history that spans no less than 3000 years. In truth, it does not exist naturally anywhere, but rather is a sterile triploid cultivated through the centuries for its deep orange-red style and stigmata – the only part of the plant that is used to make the spice saffron. In addition, it is a welcome plant to any garden that meets its basic needs.

Growing saffron crocus is easy and certainly makes the expensive spice much more affordable. A step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to grow saffron!

Step 1 – Planting
The Crocus Sativus is an autumn flowering plant, so the best time for planting is from July till early Autumn, depending on your area. Plant the bulbs about 5cm (2 inches) deep, preferably in full sun (or somewhere that will be sunny during the autumn/fall flowering period). The soil should be rich, faily sandy, and most importantly well-drained.

Step 2 – Care and growing 
Don’t over water them or they will succumb to fungal diseases. They’re very drought hardy and will probably only need watering once or twice during their growing season. Saffron produces flowers in autumn/fall with a beautiful light purple flower, which lasts a few weeks. The leaves only appear after flowering.

Step 3 – Harvesting
The first harvest should be gained within 8 to 10 weeks. When the flowers are fully opened, you can carefully remove the stigmas from the flowers using tweezers, or harvest the whole flower if you have a bigger crop. Harvesting the flowers is real back-breaking work as the plants are very small. Then there’s the delicate operation to remove the 3 dark red stigmas from each flower – the flower is then discarded as it has no commercial value.

Step 4 – Drying
Dry the stigmas in a dehydrator or on a fine mesh rack in a cool oven (50-60 degrees C) for about 15 minutes. Store saffron in an air-tight container in a dark place. However you will need a couple of hundred plants to get your 1 gram of saffron threads!

Just as an indication:

- One Crocus Sativus flower has 3 stames
- Size 7/8 gives one flower
- Size 8/9 gives 2 - 3 flowers, mostly 2
- Size 9/10 gives 2 - 3 flowers, mostly 3

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