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    Just watching the Spice Trail on BBC1 and they're talking about Saffron. After doing a quick Google it seems you can grow your own Saffron in this country. Has any one tried doing this?
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    I have 12 saffron crocus in a nice bulb bowl but this is the first year I've grown them. They have lot's of leaf growth but no sign of any flowers yet. So I live in hope because I use a lot of saffron.

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    Apparently they flower in the Autumn, so harvest is September/October time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotStuff View Post
    Apparently they flower in the Autumn, so harvest is September/October time.
    Mmmmmm, that could explain why I haven't got flowers on mine then

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotStuff View Post
    Just watching the Spice Trail on BBC1 and they're talking about Saffron. After doing a quick Google it seems you can grow your own Saffron in this country. Has any one tried doing this?
    I watched that too and am interested, it's a specific type of crocus not any old - have tried googling La Mancha bulb to no avail.

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    It's crocus sativus that you need, and you can grow it in the UK, there's a farm in Wales, but 150 flowers will yield two tablespoons of saffron
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    And for those whose glass is half full, here's an interesting article on growing Saffron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotStuff View Post
    And for those whose glass is half full
    taken from your link: "the one thing that will for sure kill off saffron is having its bulb stay damp for any nontrivial amount of time during the plant's dormant period. If a dormant saffron bulb sits in wet soil, it will very quickly rot completely away"

    ... because it's never damp in the UK is it?

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