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Saffron Spice Plant

The saffron spice plant is Crocus sativus, a perennial herb in the iris family. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now cultivated in many parts of the world. The spice saffron is made from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus flower.

Saffron crocus plants are relatively easy to grow. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are also drought tolerant once established. To grow saffron crocus plants, simply plant the bulbs in the fall and water them regularly. The plants will bloom in the spring, and you can harvest the saffron stigmas when the flowers are in bloom.

To harvest saffron stigmas, carefully pluck the three stigmas from the center of each flower. Then, dry the stigmas in a warm, dry place. Once the stigmas are dry, you can store them in an airtight container.

Saffron is a valuable spice that is used in a variety of cuisines. It has a unique flavor and aroma that can enhance the taste of many dishes. Saffron is also used as a food coloring and has some medicinal properties.

Here are some tips for growing and using saffron spice plants:

  • Plant saffron crocus bulbs in the fall, about 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart.
  • Water your plants regularly, but be careful not to overwater them. Saffron crocus plants are drought tolerant once established.
  • Fertilize your plants once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Harvest the saffron stigmas when the flowers are in bloom.
  • Dry the saffron stigmas in a warm, dry place.
  • Store the saffron stigmas in an airtight container.

To use saffron, simply soak a few threads in warm water for about 10 minutes before adding them to your dish. Saffron can be used in a variety of dishes, including rice, stews, soups, and desserts.

Note: The plant is shipped in its pot, firmly secured with several layers of clear tape, thereby avoiding any shuffling and moving during transit. The plant reaches you with minimal damage- very safe and secure. We have been shipping plants like this for several years (plant are sometimes shipped in smaller pots for safety and ease of shipping). Most plants go dormant in fall and winter and will lose most of their leaves - looking dead and dry - very normal. They will flush out in spring.

We cannot send ship some plants and some sizes to California due to restrictions placed by department of agriculture.

Please note that the plant will be shipped in its pot, securely fastened with multiple layers of clear tape to prevent any shifting or damage during transit. This ensures that the plant arrives to you with minimal damage, safely and securely. We have been employing this method for shipping plants for several years, occasionally using smaller pots for added safety and convenience during transit. It's important to understand that many plants enter a dormant state during the fall and winter months, resulting in the loss of most leaves and appearing dry or lifeless. This is a natural process, and come springtime, they will begin to regrow and thrive once again. Please be aware that due to regulations set by the Department of Agriculture, there are certain plants and sizes that we are unable to ship to California. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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