by aditya abhishek
In the market one Kilogram of saffron cost around 3,000 to 14,000 Euros or US $5,000 to 10,000, this makes them most costliest spice crop in the world.
To produce one kilogram of saffron you will need 15,000 to 16,000 saffron flowers. From 1 acre of saffron farm you can harvest around 1.5 Kilograms of saffron.
But saffron can only be cultivated in specific climatic condition. Average temperature of about 28 degrees Celsius, 740 mm annual rainfall, & 38% relative humidity is good.
Well draining sandy loam soil rich in organic matter with pH around 6.5 to 7.5 is ideal for farming of saffron. Avoid cultivating in waterlogged soil.
You can start plantation of saffron bulbs at 10 centimetres depth at 15 centimetres distance row to row & 10 centimetres between bulbs from July to October.
Bulbs remain dormant during summer season. Start irrigating from end of September. And from March to June irrigate upto 30 mm weekly
Avoid adding too much fertilizers in saffron crop. Only add about 30 tonnes of dung manure per acre during early spring season to boost growth.
At the end of October when saffron flowers are in full bloom stage then start harvesting during moening hours.
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