The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

i am new to growing from bulbs and , for my sins , i want to grow saffron but have what must sound like the most stupid question on the planet . do i plant the bulbs tassle up or down ? help please .

On plant Crocus sativus



I am trying to remember what the bulbs look like, Dave, as I am not sure what you mean by the tassle. My usual reference site has pictures of the bulbs of most crocus - but not C. sativus :-(. Whilst I have just planted some of these myself I can't remember what they looked like.
The crocus corm dies off every year and forms a new corm on top of the old one, therefore I suspect that your 'tassle' is the remains of the old leaves and top of the corm
If no one else answeres this more positively then either go on the above advice, plant the corm on its side (yes, this is OK) or better still add a picture to your question and put me out of my missery!

18 Aug, 2010


The 'tassel' is probably the top of the reticulated coat which C. sativus has and is on the top of the bulb so is planted upwards. The base of all crocus (except a very few impossible to get hold on ones, is flat and naked. Ooooh!

18 Aug, 2010


i'd go for the thinner pointy end uppermost. I suspect that is the tassle. the ones i planted last year were flat along the base and pointy at the tip. but in doubt on its side is a good ploy as it will right itself. [even if planted upside down!]

18 Aug, 2010


That's been my experience. I'd also try to keep it where it isn't too cold in the winter, and can dry out in the summer. Maybe in gritty soil on the south side of a wall?

18 Aug, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • Crocus sativus (Crocus sativus)
  • Spring is definately on our doorstep (Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus))
  • Saffron Crocus (for my records) (Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus))
  • Saffron crocus ♪ (Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus))

Related products


Not found an answer?