Saffron: Planting Bulbs With Most Popular Compost
In this post, we will know about Saffron flowering plants
- About saffron
- How to plant saffron bulbs at home
- Best caring tips with the best compost
- Flowering time
- Benefits of saffron
About Saffron Plant: Saffron crocus or autumn crocus are the best species of flowering plants in the family of Iridaceae. Each flower has 2 to 3 stigmas (which is Saffron). The scientific name is Crocus sativus, and it belongs to the Iridaceae family. Over time, plants grow up to 2 to 4 feet tall and spread up to 2 to 3 feet wide. Saffron leaves are thick and similar to tea leaves.
How to Plant Bulbs at Home: One of the best methods to plant Saffron at home is using its bulbs. Bulbs are easily available at nurseries or online shops. Always buy the mature size of bulbs with sprouting parts. The winter season is the best time for plantation.
Prepare a Soil Potting: To make a good quality the soil potting, take normal garden soil (50%), sand (30%), and cow dung or vermicompost (20%). Mix it well and take a large flower pot (if you have 8+ bulbs).
- Fill the soil mixture into the flowerpot and spray some water.
- Take out the bulbs and dig a hole into the soil mixture (2 to 3 inches deep).
- Put the bulbs into those holes.
- Cover the bulbs with soil mixture and don’t cover the sprouting part of the bulbs.
- Place the flowerpot in the full sunlight.
Within 2 to 3 days of the plantation, germination start from the bulbs, and new sprouting appears from the bulbs. If the size of bulbs grows up to 4 to 5 inches, then you can transplant them with a separate flowerpot.
Before Plantation: USDA hardiness zone should be 6-9 and the soil mixture should be slightly acidic to neutral. In a flowerpot, make sure drainage holes are available or not. If there are no holes at the surface, then make 5 to 9 holes (Drainage holes are necessary). Cover the holes with a grenade or stones. Use a ceramic flowerpot. The distance between the grafted plants should be 4 to 5 inches.
Transplantation: For transplantation, use well-drained garden soil (40%), cow dung (30%), sand (30%), and fungicide powder (20gm). Mix it well and take a ceramic flowerpot (size at least 8-inches).
- Remove all the plants from the old flowerpot.
- Plant all the bulbs in a new flowerpot (by 4 inches deep) and cover the bulbs with the same soil mixture.
- Do not cover the sprouting part with the soil mixture.
- Place the plants in the full sunlight.
For best results, keep the plants in the morning sunlight.
Best Caring Tips with Best Compost
- Watering: Don’t overwater because too much water causes the bulbs to rot. While watering, check the top layer of soil potting. If dry, then give water with the water-spray gun. During the germination period, give water once only.
- Temperature: For best growth, it is essential to maintain the temperature of the plants. Always maintain the temperature between 15°C to 25°C.
- Best Compost: During the growing season, fertilizer is necessary for their growth. Decomposed cow dung/vermicompost is the best compost for saffron plants.
- Pests & Diseases: Most of the time, fungus attack the plants (near rooting systems), so always spray fungicide powder or neem oil.
Flowering Season: After 2 to 3 months on the plantation, flowers start blooming on the plant, and the flowers are purple in colour. Each flower has 2 to 3 stigmas (which is Saffron). The stigma is red in colour with a yellow tip. Over time flowers grow up to 2 to 3 inches with a spread up to 2 inches. Each flower has 5 to 6 petals with purple colour.
Benefits of Saffron: Saffron has many benefits, but we are showing only the top 5 benefits for your health.
- Improve digestion system.
- It is a good source of antioxidants.
- Improve heart health.
- Improve brainpower.
- It improves cold diseases.
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