I ordered 300 corms in the beginning, about five years ago, and planted them into a variety of large pots that were on hand in the yard. It wasn’t the most exciting thing to do. For one thing, the corms were quite small. I couldn’t envision they were going to provide me with a great saffron crop that same year!
And they didn’t! But I did get about 50 flowers, more than the 10% usually expected, and to my amazement they were even multiplying as they came through the soil. You can see the circle of them as they emerge. That’s ‘cause the pots are round, so no rows of saffron here!
Planted beginning of August. The first flower came at the end of September! Seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Those corms are hungry, and the grass-like leaves should be very vigorous after the flowers have finished. Their job is to feed the corms, before they go dormant in the summer. The leaves are so vigorous, they smother weeds, another benefit of growing these plants.
No water during our summer climate on the Pacific Northwest, and when the rain
begins in September leaf growth and flowers begin to emerge.
7-8 cms benefits:
Less expensive. Plump little corms that will divide, usually producing two “daughters” and it is possible you will have some blooms in the first year. They are a good foundation for future corm development. These were what is started with in that first year.
9-10 cms benefits:
These mature, top size corms are ready to produce several “daughter”corms, usually about five or more. If you want rapid expansion of your stock, and more flowers during the first year, this is the way to go. These prime corms are less available due to the additional development time ( some four-five years) before digging from the ground.
Grow saffron, grow your mind!
Saffron Girl ™ corms are inspected and graded by hand. You are indeed fortunate if you live on the Sunshine Coast of BC because this is the first year of local sales from our backyard “farm!”
Some growers dig their small corms every year, others leave them to grow and multiply for several years, up to four or five.