Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Saffron
- We have a similar problem here in most of Queensland ( Australia ) with most of the bulb flowers. I seem to recall, from looking through some of my mum's gardening books, that there is a technique which involves refrigerating the bulbs for some period of time, to 'trick' them into thinking that they have just survived a cold winter. If you are interested, I can see if I can find that information for you.
--- "byvordhr" <byvordhr@...> wrote:
From: "byvordhr" <byvordhr@...>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 15:29:07 -0000
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Saffron
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Mary Taran <marytaran@a...> wrote:
> Here in Southern California, we're in zone 10, however, and these
> are rated for zone 5,6,7,8. They might need a little brisker winter
> we can offer them.
Chances are you will not get a good bloom in your warmer clime.
I've grown saffron crocus for a number of years (It makes
terrific little Christmastime hostess gifts!) and have noticed
that for the best bloom it requires a fairly dry October with a
sharp cold snap (i.e., frost) just before the bloom. In the very
best of seasons, the weather remains dry until the flowers open
and you can clip the threads.
Dry them carefully, laid out on brown paper (not paper towels,
where they will stick) and not touching each other. From a couple
dozen bulbs you can get enough, in a good season, to give as some
gifts (it doesn't take much to awe the recipient) and to cook with
yourself. And it will give you an acute understanding of why it
is such an expensive commodity in the world market.
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