I've been holding my breath since mid-September, waiting for signs of life from the saffron corms I planted at this time last year. Honestly it's been a bit of an obsession, though I have refrained from checking every hour. Just once a day has been enough, and yesterday I was finally rewarded when I found two little sprouts in one of the pots and one more in the other.
I have not seen any saffron sprouts in the ground areas yet, but I'm still hoping and watching.
A recap for those new to the experiment: I planted 50 saffron crocus (crocus sativus) corms last fall to find out if I could actually grow my own saffron. Ten corms went into pots that I kept indoors throughout the winter and moved outdoors in the spring; the rest went into the garden in an area that we didn't plan to water much as saffron crocuses don't tolerate wet conditions very well and the corms can rot if over watered. Every few months I've posted reports on the saffron's progress, and my last report in May explained how they had lost all their leaves and slipped into dormancy for the summer. Saffron crocuses prefer cool weather, blooming in the fall and retaining their green leaves until the warm days of summer begin.
Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have photos of the beautiful flowers and a chance to harvest the red stigmas. Once that is done, I plan to do some informal taste tests to see how my homegrown saffron stacks up against purchased saffron. Yes, I just said that with a straight face. Sort of.
More Saffron Experiment Reports
- The Saffron Experiment
- The Saffron Experiment, Part 2: We Have Sprouts!
- Saffron in the Snow
- The Saffron Experiment, Six Months and Counting
- The Saffron Experiment: Dormancy
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