Saffron in Zone 3a
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Mynthia
Posted on: October 30, 2012

I am from Calgary, AB, Canada, Hardiness zone 3a, and I was thinking about trying to plant the Saffron Crocus. My question is, should I plant the bulbs in the winter or spring? and if I am unable to plant them in the winter, do I need to remove them each fall and dry them in my basement for planting the following spring? Will this affect how they flower (will they flower every year)?

I would plant the bulbs in large pots as soon as you receive them and then store them for the winter, in a root cellar, pot and all, barely damp, after flowering, and after the foliage dies down. Disturbing the roots every year would be a strategy of last resort, if you have no cool place to store the pots for the winter. They need a hot, fairly dry summer for proper curing..

Also, do you only ship them in the fall, or are they readily available year round?

We only ship them in the fall. Any other time would probably kill them, unless they were planted in a pot.

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