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Old 01-31-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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Default Anyone know where I can get Saffron seeds for real?

I heard places selling seeds for low quality saffron plants or even other types of flowers... Does know where I can find real quality seeds at? So I can make my own saffron to eat with... thanks...
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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I heard places selling seeds for low quality saffron plants or even other types of flowers... Does know where I can find real quality seeds at? So I can make my own saffron to eat with... thanks...
I've never seen seeds for sale, but you can find the saffron bulbs on Ebay!!
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:40 PM
 
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We bought ours at a Pet store. We asked what do cardinals like to eat and the guy gave us saffron seeds.

They really do love that stuff! It's cheap too. I never thought about it sprouting beneath the bird feeder, which is right on our porch!
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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Opps... I meant bulbs... hehehe
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Colchester, Vt
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2008 Preseason Odyssey Bulbs Catalog -- Fall Crocus

This company sells crocus bulbs that produce saffron. They have several varieties, but if you can't choose on your own, give them a call. Their address and number are on the bottom of the page. I'm not saying to stay away from ebay, but you never know what you are going to get. The bulbs could be sterile or not grow at all due to their quality. Good luck.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Colchester, Vt
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Here are a few more nurseries I came across.

Nursery Sources:

Brent and Becky's Bulbs
7463 Heath Trail
Gloucester, VA 23061
Phone: (804) 693-3966
Brent and Becky's Bulbs!

Odyssey Bulbs
8984 Meadow Lane
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Phone: (877) 220-1651
odysseybulbs.com

McClure & Zimmerman
108 W. Winnebago Street
P.O. Box 368
Friesland, WI 53935
Phone: (800) 883-6998
McClure & Zimmerman Bulbs
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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_redbird_, I think you mean Safflower...? :-) Saffron goes for $80/oz! :-)
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Saffron is a crocus bulb but different from the ordinary garden variety, i don't see any nurseries would have them, as someone already suggested the stamens are very expensive, its a bit like truffles a secretive business.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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reimerseeds.com/saffron-bulbs.aspx
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Lots of people have gotten into buying saffron crocuses, but be warned it takes quite a few of them to make enough useful saffron for flavoring food. You didn't say where you lived but the best growing areas for saffron crocuses are in zones 6-8, although a friend has been growing hers in zone 5 with a lot of mulching, and some people have kept them indoors over winter in colder areas.

You'll have to wait until fall to plant the bulbs, and the flowers will bloom next fall and that will be when you harvest.

You can get the bulbs from places like Amazon as well as quite few bulb nurseries. To get good quality and good service you may want to check in with Dave's garden recommendations. The companies get a rating from members for quality of plants as well as service and dealing with any problems. They have a list of well rated companies that sell the bulbs.

Companies selling Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus)

A very good article about growing and harvesting the saffron is here:

Saffron
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