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Saffron crocus is a plant which is used to produce Saffron. Saffron is obtained from flowers named Crocus Sativus. Everyone is aware that Saffron is a really important flavoring agent for various dishes and also acts very useful for various kinds of health problems. But for Saffron, planting saffron crocus is really important. Here are some facts that you should know about Saffron Crocus.
Saffron crocuses belong to the fall gloomy group. Its flowers and leaves start appearing at the same time which is usually around October. The leaves eventually reach a length of 1 or 1 and a half feet; however, the flowers rarely rise above the ground. The flowers are fragrant lavenders from which the Saffron is made from the three long blood red stigmas.
We all know that Saffron is quite an unusual spice as it is not necessary to be added to every dish or various certain dishes. However, there are certain kinds of dishes available all around the world that necessarily requires saffron to be added. We know that the spice is made from red stigmas lobes of the flowers and it requires almost 70,000 flowers to make 1 pound Saffron which is a huge quantity. Thus for every farmer looking to grow Saffron crocus in their respective gardens, it is very important to grow the plant in an open wide ground in a huge quantity so that it can become beneficial for him.
Make sure that you plant the crocus in a season where it will get the most amount of sunlight as though the most important thing in growing saffron crocus is the draining soil it requires, the second most important thing is lots of sunlight that it requires. So make sure that you place the plants in an area that will have an access to direct sunlight.
If the flowers are planted in July-August, the plant seems to begin in September-October and one should continuously water the plants for plenty of time in the future. Like, for next 4-5 month or even more one should keep on regularly watering the plants and in May-June, the saffron will be ready to be harvested from the plants and make sure it gets harvested by hand with lots of care as a little fault in delicacy can result in loss of huge amount of saffron.
So this was everything one should know about Saffron crocus, reading this one should be having enough knowledge to grow his own saffron crocus.