I started out planting at night for most of my blooms because the buds are too small to see clearly at the beginning of the morning. However, today, some of my blooms have started to bloom as early as 4 am. If you plan to plant as early as this, it might be best to wait until the night blooms have peaked in color before planting. You will need to use a strong hoe to get your buds off of your flower buds.
How to store saffron bulbs?
If you are worried about keeping them in the original shape your want them at to prevent bud die back and/or leaf burn, you are welcome to keep your saffron bulbs in a ziploc bag. They can be kept in a cool, dark, dry place for 5 years or stored in a cool, dark, dry place for 10 years after that. They can still be used after that but it may take longer to bloom as the color decreases and then a longer period to bloom.
Is saffron safe to eat?
Saffron does have phytotoxic properties so eat fresh saffron flowers carefully or take it out with a food processor. It may be poisonous to those on medication (including some herbal drugs), pregnant women, young children and pets.
What temperature should I keep my saffron bulbs at?
It doesn’t matter how cool your container is as long as it is kept at a cool temperature. Do not store saffron bulbs in the refrigerator because too much heat may burn it.
How do I protect my saffron bulbs and plants against pests?
Make sure your plant is fed and watered. If you can, plant outside in direct sun where they get plenty of light. Check every month or every other week for yellowing or wilting of your saffron plants. Be aggressive with aphids as they are hard to kill especially if you can see the pupa forming inside. Pest damage may be permanent.
When should I fertilize my saffron plants for best success?
When I first began my small seedlings I used only a few leaves from a small bag of saffron flowers. I would fertilize them weekly until I got a full bloom, usually on the last day of March. One reason I now use this schedule is because one of my saffron plants is dying and I will give it all it can handle during that very important flowering period (
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