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saffron crocus failing?

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  • I'm having the same problem I brought 30 saffron bulbs 3 years ago and the first year they flowered great, but in the last 2 years all iv had are plenty of foliage but no flowers, iv even put them in pots to see if that helps but to no avail, is there anyone that could help otherwise it seems such a waist, on bulbs and I don't want foliage I would like some flowers to.????

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Hi JO, If they were going to flower, yes, you would have expected them by now.

    I've had a few tries and once I had a few flowers. They need a well drained hot spot to flourish in the UK

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    You told them you hated them? you don't expect them to flower after that do you

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Turmeric is indeed said to be good for all sorts of things.  OH has a big jar of the powder in her kitchen and has tried it fresh too with success.  AND is growing some of the roots too!  Easier than the crocuses by the look of it, but not hardy.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I've never heard the word crocus applied to those Jo.

    So they're not crocus, so you needn't hate them

    they still need the baking though and some are very shy-flowering.

    They on my 'flower or hit the heap' list. I'm getting very stroppy in my old age.

    I waddle a bit tooimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    But they're not even in the same family

    Crocus, Iridaceae

    Sternbergia, Amaryllidaceae

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,113

    I like the flavour of saffron in Middle Eastern dishes - there's nothing else like it.  image

    But you have to buy good quality saffron, and then soak it to extract the flavour.  It is a infrequent and expensive treat image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    All part of the service, Jo image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,113

    Jo, that website is based in Australia http://www.tesselaar.net.au/contact - it looks as they have different 'common names' there - Pat could probably confirm image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Small world indeed Philippa.  I know Catmere End. I know most of the villages in that area. I've lived in Great Chesterford and Rickling Green as well as Saffron Waldenimage

    Sorry the gold didn't rub offimage

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