Growing Saffron - Knowledgebase Question

Encino, CA
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Question by bwflyer
December 4, 1997
How do we start saffron seeds and transplant them in the spring? Any tips on how to grow them?

Answer from NGA
December 4, 1997
Saffron is used as a flavoring in many foods and is derived from Crocus flowers. It's actually the dried stigmas of the blossom. (The yellow threads in the center of the flower.) It takes about 100,000 flowers to produce one pound of saffron.

Crocus are bulbs, and bulbs multiply by forming little bulblets next to the parent bulb. If you have seeds, they're probably not true saffron, but something else.
Richters Herb Company carries true saffron bulbs (ph# 905/640-6677, web site

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