GROWING Saffron in the home
In history, spices beat more than gold. In search of spices, many trade and historical routes were created. How much has the situation changed today? Is it possible to consider the idea of growing spices as a business? Today they have a rather high price in the ratio of the costs of their cultivation, transportation and storage compared to other goods. The most expensive spice today is saffron. Speaking by and large, then, of course, the cost of saffron is very high, and cultivation is not so expensive. Of course, growing saffron, like all spices, covers many nuances. However, the business ideas for growing saffron should deal with the pros and cons. This is the most expensive spice in the world. It is also known about saffron that aphrodisiacs and some medicines are made from it. Its second name is “red gold”. To grow this spice use crocus. It is from its flowers that “red gold” is mined during flowering by grinding. 70,000 crocus flowers need to be processed per kilogram of spice. And the wholesale cost will range from 450 dollars. – up to 700 dollars per 1 kilogram. Greek saffron is considered to be elite; Iranian saffron is considered cheap in price. Entrepreneurs not only grow crocus flowers to produce saffron from them, but also to sell planting material for crocus cultivation (under saffron). They sow the same areas as for cereals and other crops, but their yield is expensive. Accordingly, the profit is higher. In addition, saffron is a perennial plant! However, although this plant is exotic, our territorial and climatic conditions allow this business to be implemented on our lands.
Saffron Yield for Growing
Harvests from saffron from 1 hectare. To get 1g. Saffron in a clean, dry, salable form of the product, it is necessary to collect about 150 flowers. If you look on a larger scale, then from land with an area of 1 hectare you can get from 8 to 20 kilograms of a finished product – “red gold”. As mentioned above, the wholesale cost varies depending on the variety from 450 dollars. – up to 700 dollars. for 1 kg. The retail price is correspondingly much higher. In the spice markets, it’s hard to find a price below $ 10 per 1 gram! That is, to grow 1 kilogram of saffron and sell it for $ 10,000 you need to plant 7 acres of land (70 X 10 meters). The financial calculation was obtained in this way: (20 + 8) / 2 = 14 kilograms per hectare – average yield. 1 Ha (100m X 100m = 10,000m) / 14 = 714m. We plant 7 acres of long-term culture and get $ 10,000 a year when sold at a retail price. Ways to sell the goods are, of course, primarily restaurants, spice markets, food markets, you can establish sales through an online store (delivery of saffron in an envelope). You can make discounts when ordering 5 or 10 grams. Everything looks both tempting and foggy. Just for starters, you need to get at least a little experience in growing saffron in order to become a specialist. On a small piece of land, even on a flowerbed, plant crocus bulbs. In any case, in this way, you don’t lose anything. On the contrary, you get a little experience and the most expensive spices in the world, which have not only a divine aroma, but also increase sexual desire, both for men and women. Like other spices, it has healing properties, the distinguishing ones of which are the removal of fatigue, increasing mental clarity, and can be taken as a tonic.
Saffron possesses biological features during growth
Biological features that saffron has. The biological features inherent in saffron should be considered in more detail. Flower color: thick yellow, lilac, blue, white, white-blue, lilac. A flower with six petals directed upward grows from a drop-shaped bulb, moreover, it can be several flowers from one bulb. The leaves are dark green with a white streak in the middle. Flowering occurs only in clear weather. Recall that saffron is from the genus of perennial tuberous, herbaceous plants of the Iris family. Flowering occurs in early spring and late autumn. There is an opinion that you can grow goji and stevia with saffron. They get along well and do not affect each other, they give excellent harvests. An important point is the reproduction of this plant: it occurs by “children” and bulbs, separated from the mother bulb. MORE: spring varieties are planted in August, and autumn varieties are planted in the month of July. Reproduction is a separate process from planting. If the leaves are already yellowed, then dig the bulbs and store until planting, while drying them. It is clear that you should definitely check before buying and planting all the bulbs for the threat of infection with fungi or other parasites.