As I mentioned last month, I’m attempting to grow saffron crocuses (Crocus sativus) so that I can have my own supply of saffron. I ordered bulbs and they arrived within a week, but I was unable to get them into the ground for another week. By then I was worried that too much time had passed and the weather was no longer warm enough for the plants to sprout, and I decided to put 10 bulbs in pots indoors and the remaining 40 bulbs outside. I planted them and crossed my fingers, and then I waited.
Last week the indoor plants started to sprout, soon followed by the outdoor plants. I’m keeping the potted bulbs in my kitchen under a grow light until they are fully sprouted and seem hardy, then I’ll try to get them in tune with their natural growing cycle by moving them outdoors for the winter. Because they are in pots, I am a bit concerned that they will not have enough natural insulation like the plants in the ground, so depending on how cold it gets at night I may have to bring them into the garage or at least cover them .
So far the experiment seems to be working, but I’m just getting started. Keep an eye out for more saffron crocus photos in the coming months!