Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

US (VT): Horticulturist experiments with growing greenhouse saffron

Inside its greenhouses tucked along Route 7 in Charlotte, Horsford Gardens and Nursery is spearheading an effort to make saffron a viable agricultural option for local nurseries and home growers alike.

Leading the research effort is Steve Davidson, who studied Horticulture and Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont and has worked at Horsford’s for five years.

He explained that the spice is harvested from crocus flowers, the bulbs of which are called corms; he hopes to prove that using fertilized soil, rather than untouched soil, boosts corm reproduction, improves flower growth rate, and improves the quality of harvested saffron. Once growers understand the best growing method, he believes saffron will become another product to bear a Vermont label.

“Saffron’s really taking off,” he said, “and the average homeowner-slash-producer wants to grow it.”

In summer, the greenhouses at Horsford’s are packed with lush, overflowing crates of perennials. This time of year, however, is quiet. The long, mostly empty rows of wooden tables in the gray fall light that comes through the greenhouse glass doesn’t show much promise of life, but Davidson said fall is perfect for crocuses.

Read more at Shelburne News (Chea Evans)

Publication date: 11/27/2017



Other news in this sector:

3/16/2018 Algeria: First batch of zucchinis from the Touggourt geothermal complex
3/16/2018 US (LA): Fellowship program brings international scientists to LSU AgCenter
3/15/2018 CAN (ON): Double Diamond Farms partners with Daily Bread Food Bank
3/14/2018 Hydroponic container farm celebrates International Women's Day
3/14/2018 US (WI): Behind the rise and fall of Growing Power
3/14/2018 ‘In early April enough fruit vegetables to meet all needs’
3/13/2018 Germany: Aubergines from Brandenburg horticulture
3/13/2018 AMCO Produce fined $210K for passing off foreign vegetables as Canadian
3/13/2018 Video: The Hydropothecary rapid expansion
3/13/2018 UK: Hydroponic growers among Food Innovation Network Award winners
3/13/2018 "We are now the only people producing the tubers hydroponically"
3/12/2018 Australia: PCA hosts inaugural two-day greenhouse tour
3/12/2018 US (MO): Aramark joins list of Lettuce Dream customers
3/12/2018 Australia: Snack tomato grower plans to double growing capacity
3/9/2018 Australia: Mini cuke grower doubles acreage to 5 ha
3/9/2018 Austria: a greenhouse filled with algae
3/9/2018 Italian growers sells tomatoes to German, Austrian, Swiss retailers
3/9/2018 China: "Cherry tomato production in Qingdao increased by 10%"
3/8/2018 CAN (BC): Organic grower boosts cucumber and bell pepper production
3/8/2018 UK fruit farmer granted Freedom of the City of London