Arnold Trachtenberg via pbs
Tue, 06 Oct 2020 11:19:00 PDT
I grow the saffron crocus in open ground here in New Jersey.
It gets no supplemental water and three to four hours of sunlight in the fall.
I usually see the flowers in Nov.
ArnoldNew Jersey

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From: EJ via pbs <>
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Sent: Tue, Oct 6, 2020 12:42 pm
Subject: [pbs] Saffron

Hi all, I followed all the good advice from very knowledgeable people here and...Yay, my saffron bulb has sprouted! (Hopefully 3 more to come.)

It has been shaded by the top tier of a wooden bench with other potted plants above. The whole area gets bright shade and maybe a 2 -3 hours of direct sun for the plants on the top tier(potted saffron on lower shelf gets no direct sun) . 

So now I wonder, since it sprouted, do I give it more sun gradually bringing it up to full sunlight for  2-3 hours a day?

How much water should I give? I’m in 9b, California San Francisco Bay Area, and it does get pretty dry. Drench it every —3 days?

I am in mortal fear of the bulbs going to mush...

Greatly appreciate the advice so far, it’s working! :-)

Mike Mace, are you in SF Bay Area too? 

Best regards,
-Elaine Jek.
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