by aditya abhishek
Crocus sativus, commonly known as "Saffron" or "Kesar" is the most costliest spice in the world. Due to its popularity gardeners have started growing them in home garden.
You can grow saffron in warm, sub-tropical climate at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Temperature ranging from 23 to 27 degrees Celsius is good.
Very well draining, sandy loam soil is ideal for growing saffron plant. Prepare potting mix with 50% soil + 30% compost + 20% river sand.
To grow Crocus, you need to select a location where your plant can receive at least 8 hours of sunlight daily.
Avoid over-watering in saffron plant. Apply water only when the top layer of the soil dries out completely.
They are not heavy feeders. Spray 1/2 teaspoon NPK (5:10:5) in 1 litre of water twice in fall and spring season.
You can plant Crocus bulbs in September to October at 3 inches depth with pointed end upwards, and apply water after planting.
Mice, squirrels, etc., can damage your plant. You can construct wire cages to protect your plant. Avoid over-watering to prevent rot & mold diseases.
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