The cowards did not step on the path, the weak died in the middle of the path and we remained. Whenever I hear Oregon’s Name I can mutter this sentence under my breath.
Now, we have a new challenge, growing saffron in Oregon. In this blog post, we will talk about the possibility of planting saffron in the state of Oregon, how to grow saffron in Oregon, and our services for you.
Does Saffron Grow in Oregon?
To answer this question, we must examine several factors to be able to say in general whether it is possible to grow saffron in the state of Oregon or not. Some of these factors include temperature changes, humidity, soil texture, height above sea level, labor force, etc.
But in order to be able to comment definitively, we must check the conditions of each farm in detail.
One of the most important factors for the feasibility of planting saffron is temperature. Temperature is important to us because if we have a temperature above 40 degrees Celsius in summer, our seeds will be damaged.
Winter temperature is also important for us. We need a temperature close to zero degrees in early autumn, this temperature is necessary for the activation of saffron bulbs, and if the temperature does not drop enough, we will probably face a delay in the growth of saffron.
At the end of the harvest season, we need days with acceptable temperatures and sunlight. These conditions will help us to feed saffron bulbs through foliar spraying and leaves.
As you can see in the graph below, everything looks good. So you can cross this one off the checklist.
Rainfall and humidity
Rainfall is very important for planting saffron. One of the important points about watering saffron is that the saffron bulb should be in its driest state in summer and we should not water it in any way.
If there is heavy rain in the summer and the temperature is very high at the same time, it is very likely that the saffron bulbs will be damaged and the productivity of the saffron farm will decrease.
Rainfall in Oregon is generally adequate and will not damage saffron bulbs or reduce yield, but if you are in an area with heavy summer rainfall, it is better to use the saffron greenhouse method.
The soil of agricultural land is very important for saffron cultivation. You should know what materials your farm soil is made of and if it is not suitable for your intended crop, you should try to improve it.
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The suitable soil for planting saffron should not be salty in any way, and if the EC of saffron soil is more than 2, the efficiency of planting saffron starts to decrease, and if the EC of the soil or water you use is more than 4, saffron cultivation will become uneconomical.
In general, the soil suitable for saffron cultivation is 30% gravel and clay and 30% silt, which means the same ratio of 1 to 3 should be observed. These conditions are the best type of soil for saffron cultivation, which is called loamy sandy.
Let’s grow saffron in Oregon
The first step is to find out if it is possible to grow saffron in the state of Oregon, and then we have to choose which method is best for us.
Well, if you have a problem with any of these choices and decisions, just contact us and consult us.
In general, there are 3 main methods for planting saffron:
It doesn’t matter at all which method of saffron cultivation brings the most yield and profit, you should choose the method that is most compatible with your facilities and conditions.
Greenhouse saffron cultivation is a method in which saffron bulbs are protected from many pests, rodents, and adverse weather conditions, and it can also facilitate the process of harvesting saffron.
The greenhouse cultivation method of saffron has many advantages, but it does not have negative points.
This method is not easily scalable and the cultivation volume cannot be easily increased. Also, this method of growing saffron is a two-step method and you have to transfer the saffron bulbs to the ground in one step and then return them to the greenhouse environment.
If you have land and a covered space that can be used as a temporary saffron greenhouse, this method is the best method for growing saffron for you.
Our team with years of experience in the field of saffron cultivation is ready to cooperate with Oregon farmers in order to cultivate saffron. You can contact us through our communication channels or social networks and get advice on this matter.