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Growing Saffron in the Southern Hemisphere

1 Sep 2021
by Jaap Koot

In recent years we at sativus.com have received many questions about whether our quality Crocus sativus saffron corms can also be grown in countries in the southern hemisphere.

We can positively confirm this question, YES, if your country is in the southern hemisphere and has the right climate, you can grow saffron there without any problems.

For example, a few years ago we helped a customer in New Zealand to start a saffron nursery with the help of our saffron corms and knowledge. This nursery has grown into the largest saffron company in New Zealand and is one of the most important saffron suppliers in Oceania.

We also have several satisfied customers in South Africa, Australia and South America who successfully grow saffron with our high quality corms.

Special preparation of our Crocus sativus Saffron corms

Because our corms are grown in the Netherlands and the growth cycle of the corms is adapted to the climate in the Northern Hemisphere, the corms must undergo a special temperature treatment before they can be sent to customers in the Southern Hemisphere.

This special preparation starts in August, a few weeks after we have harvested the Crocus sativus corms in the Netherlands. The preparation of the Crocus corms is done in our climate-controlled facilities, where we can keep the corms dormant until February at the latest. Thanks to this treatment, we are able to bridge the seasonal differences and deliver the corms to our customers in the southern hemisphere at the right time for planting.

How to order Crocus sativus for the Southern Hemisphere

If you are interested in our Crocus sativus saffron corms prepared for the Southern Hemisphere and would like to buy these corms, please contact us for more informtaion. We still have some saffron corms available at this moment. Orders can be made by paying a 20% down payment while the remaining amount is due before December 15th.

If we ship our Crocus sativus saffron corms to countries in the southern hemisphere, you should take into account that in many cases an import permit for crocus flower corms is required. This import permit can usually be applied for at the Ministry of Agriculture of your country. If you encounter any difficulties with this application, you can always contact us to provide you with the necessary information.

The shipment of our Saffron corms to customers in the Southern Hemisphere starts in December and lasts until February. For additional information, quotations and possible orders, it is best to contact the sativus.com sales team. Please note that we only accept orders above 10,000 pieces as the costs for smaller orders will be too high. 

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