More fall crocuses

Jane McGary
Sat, 08 Nov 2003 19:12:38 PST
Arnold asked,

>Is the cartwrightianus also a source   of  saffron?  What is your potting 
>mixture for these winter flowering crocus?

I haven't ever tried harvesting saffron from C. cartwrightianus but I 
suppose you could -- the styles are just not as long as in C. sativus. I 
don't particularly like the taste of saffron so don't harvest it often.

These crocuses are potted in the same mix I use for almost everything: 2 
parts coarse, sharp "upriver" sand, one part ground horticultural (white) 
pumice, and one part forest humus from my woods.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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