Well I’m still just getting started with saffron, but I wanted to share what I’ve learned.
IT IS SOOOOOOO EASY!
Saffron Crocus is specifically Crocus Sativus. They grow in zones 5-9. Since I’m in zone 5, I made sure my bulbs were good and hardy by finding a local grower. Corms (bulbs) are planted in fall and bloom yearly thereafter in late fall. They require minimal attention and are disease and pest resistant. They spread over time but only need to be divided every 4+ years.
Mine were so eager to flower they came up the same year. Once they fully open you can harvest the flowers. They are brought in whey where are easier to work with, because you’ll be pulling the 3 little red stigmas out with a tweezers and drying them. They can be air dried on a towel/paper towel or put in the dehydrator on the lowest setting.
It’s a little fiddly, but that’s all the work there is to grow the most expensive spice in the world.