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Asked by
gonzalobmisa on
June 23, 2011

Q. Can I Plant Saffron and Vanilla in the Philippines?

My farm has hills and plains. I would like to plant saffron and vanilla. Is this possible in the province of Baras, Philippines? Thank you.

Gonzalo B. Misa

Answered by
Heather on
June 26, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Saffron should be possible. It is a fall blooming crocus that should be fine in your area. This article should help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/saffron/growing-saffron-crocus.htm

Vanilla is another matter. It is an orchid and needs a very specific environment of heat and humidity but not direct light. If you feel you would be able to provide that, this article will be helpful:
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/macon/palette/091213.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 10, 2011

Q. Saffron Bulbs

What type of plant food and amount should be used?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 10, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Use a fertilizer with higher phosphorus to help with blooming. Use the fertilizer as directed on the package. Fertilizers vary from type, so I can't give specific amounts due to this.

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Asked by
Brinca on
October 9, 2011

Q. When Should I Harvest My Saffron (Crocus)?

After a year and a half, I have saffron crocus blooms! 😀 Is there a right or wrong time to pull the threads? Also, I seem to have some ‘friends’ who are as excited as I am. Maybe slugs. If you have advice on that, that would much appreciated as well. Thank you for your time.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 10, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

The harvest period is usually anywhere from late September to late December and is best performed early in the morning. Blossoms are at their maximum for about 15 to 20 days. The harvested stigmas should be placed in a dark, warm and dry room for five to seven days in order to dry.

If slugs are a problem, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 19, 2012

Q. Saffron

How many crocuses are needed to produce . 4 grams of saffron?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Not sure of the exact math but I do know that about 50-60 saffron flowers are needed to produce about 1 tablespoon of saffron spice.

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Asked by
hihi2910 on
October 22, 2013

Q. What to plant with saffron crocus

They are dormant in summer time so the bed will be just dirt in the summer. I need companion plants.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
October 22, 2013
A.

I would suggest appropriate annuals and perennials for the location that will not crowd or overtake the crocus. Your choices will depend on your USDA hardiness zone, size, colors, sun, soil type and many other variables.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 24, 2014

Q. Saffron Crocus Planting

Can Saffron Crocus bulbs be planted in early spring and, if so, will they flower in the following fall?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 24, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

These are normally planted in the fall but if you live in an ideal climate, it shouldn't hurt to plant them in spring. It might depend on the bulb's maturity as to whether or not it blooms. This article should help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/saffron/growing-saffron-crocus.htm

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