Rodger Whitlock via pbs
Wed, 07 Oct 2020 09:20:45 PDT
On 10/07/2020 05:00 AM, wrote:

> my saffron bulb has sprouted!

Since you are in the Bay Area, those bulbs should do well in the ground, 
and they'll be much safer there than in a pot.

If you transplant them now, be extremely careful not to damage the 
roots. Dicots can form new roots when old ones lose their growing 
points, but monocots don't. Damage only gets repaired after a period of 
dormancy (no functional roots at all) when the corms push out new 
roots.EJ <>

Dig your hole, put coarse-ish sand in the bottom, place corms on sand, 
backfill with more sand until the corms are completely covered, then 
stand back. Using sand in this way means the mature corms will be very 
clean when you lift and replant them next summer.

Use a low nitrogen soluble fertilizer (if you can find one), but apply 
at about one quarter of the recommended strength. A cupful of solution 
once a month should be adequate.

Rodger Whitlock
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