Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)

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Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)

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  • Grow your own Saffron to use in cooking
  • Each lilac-purple flower, with a lovely vanilla spice fragrance, produces three red stigmas, the source of Saffron
  • Saffron Crocus will multiply each year and can be left in the ground for up to six years!

How many plants do I need? Recommend spacing 8 cm.

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About Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus)

Crocus Sativas, or Saffron Crocus, is the source of what we know of as Saffron, the world's most expensive spice by weight. So why not grow it yourself in your own garden? Each plant has beautiful lilac-purple flowers, with a vanilla-spice fragrance, that will appear in the fall for a 1–2-week period when the saffron spice, the three stigmas, can be collected. Harvesting the saffron is easy, simply pick the red stigmas on each flower once the flowers are fully open mid-morning on a sunny day. The bulbs can be left in the ground for up to six consecutive years, with the best saffron harvest typically reached in the second year after planting. You can continue enjoying saffron harvests in the fall for many more years.

Did you know that Saffron Crocus is unknown in the wild and is a product of 3500 years of selective breeding by several different civilizations?

  • Blooms in
    Blooms in Fall
  • Height
    Height 10-15 cm (4-6 in)
  • Packaged
    Packaged Holland
  • Hardiness Zone
    Hardiness Zone 3-8
  • Light Requirements
    Light Requirements Full sun, Partial shade
  • Bulb size
    Bulb size 7/8 cm
  • Spacing
    Spacing 8-10 cm (3-4 in)
  • Origin
    Origin Holland
  • Watering
    Watering Low
  • Usage
    Usage Container Garden, Culinary Garden, Fragrant Garden, Garden Bed
  • Plant Characteristics
    Plant Characteristics Pollinator Friendly, Fragrant, Deer Resistant, Edible, Outdoor
  • Winterization
    Winterization Yes
  • Plant Life Cycle
    Plant Life Cycle Perennial

How to Grow Crocus Sativus

Planting Crocus Sativus

  • Plant these bulbs in late summer.
  • Plant them with the pointy end up in a sunny to semi-shaded area about 8 cm (3 in) deep and 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in) apart.
  • If you have trouble with gophers or squirrels eating your bulbs, try sprinkling red pepper in the holes, covering the bulbs with chicken- wire, surrounding bulbs with sharp shards of gravel or other substance, or planting rodent- repelling bulbs like Fritillaria nearby.
  • These bulbs do best in well-drained soil.

Growing Crocus Sativus

  • These bulbs look good planted in groups at the base of trees or in wooded areas.
  • Plant in groups of ten or more bulbs which then appear more natural.
  • Also look great when planted at the front of borders or rock gardens.

Crocus Sativus Care

  • If the growing conditions are good the saffron crocus will produce two flowers per bulb in the first fall after planting.
  • Harvest the flowers in the morning when they are barely open. Remove the three red filaments from the pistil (stigmas).
  • Once the saffron have been harvested they must dry in order to preserve them. Dry the pistils in the oven, with the door open, for 10 to 20 minutes at 50 ̊C (120 ̊F).
  • It is recommended to let the saffron rest in a small airtight jar for a month before consumption.

Winterizing Crocus Sativus

  • These bulbs are great for naturalizing and almost require no care.
  • If you grow them in a cold area, it is advisable to cover the roots of the plant with bark chippings, to protect them from winter frosts.


Holland is where the garden party never stops! Renowned for its rich horticultural tradition and expertise, Holland is a flower-power paradise. Synonymous with vibrant blooms and top-tier bulbs, 80% of the world’s bulb cultivation has roots in Holland. Before our bulbs set sail on their global adventure, we conduct meticulous checks for size and disease. So, gear up to cultivate Dutch flower charm in your own garden!


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