TOW Crocus

John Ingram
Wed, 05 Feb 2003 08:55:56 PST
Well, I have gotten so far behind on the TOW that it is hard to catch up. I had info about daffs and a few other items that were discussed but oh well. Senility has set in before the age of 34. Retirement is going to be great LOL. 

I have very little experience with crocus. My uncle in Ohio planted several 100 in hte lawn by the front walkway after I left (exhausted after planting 5000 other bulbs about 4 years ago maybe?). I have never seen the flowers or the leaves. Whether they bloom more each year, I don't know. All I know is that he loves seeing them every year and has never complained that they are disappearing. So, I assume that they are doing well. I believe they were 'Advance' but I may be wrong as I am going on memory only. I can't find the name in the file. 

The other crocus I do get to see signs of are the sativus that I planted 2 years ago from bulbs from Brent and Becky's. I was told they flowered slightly the first fall (I was not there for that). They always are green when I am there in spring and also fall (usually dying back). I was lucky enough to go really late last year and see them in full bloom (their second fall). I harvested all the saffron that was fresh. I dried it out in the open air sitting on the stove (no heat involved) and placed them into a glass babyfood jar at the end of the day. I brought them home here in L.A. to use in cooking. Well, I had less flavor than if I were using safflower. The jar was really fragrant but the cooking was nothing like the ones I buy in the store. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong? I would like to be able to harvest them more in the future as I love the flavor. 


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