I dug up a few bulbs/croms to see what was going on in my saffron bed. I wish I had done it sooner. Live and learn with saffron I guess.
1. There were some rotten ones.
2. They had made babies so I thought that was a very good sign.
3. Not all the bulbs were rotten just maybe one in the cluster. The rest of the bulbs/croms were still firm.
4. They are not "rooted" in. I don't know what this means. I am wondering if this is why Saffron rots so easily because when it goes dormant the roots die off of the bulbs as as the green tops...so in effect its just a dormant bulb sitting there in soil. Its not like a regular plant that has live roots all rooted into the dirt? I don't know if this is true its just a theory on my part or better I guess a question?
I know they look bad, but like I say only one in this cluster was rotten that I dug up the others were not and I dug up a few with no rotten ones. I think / hope this means I have time to salvage this situation.
So I did this to make sure that no more rain gets in that bed! It drains well and its a darn good thing. I used mostly organic matter in this raised bed as I had read that was good for them and I added a little sand. In hind sight I wish I had used at least 1/3 sand.
I used what I had to do this. A bucket of stakes, some nine gauge wire and duck tape. A roll of painters plastic.
I drove the wood stakes in the ground.
Then I cut my wire for making the hoops, I pushed the wire into the ground several inches on the outside of the wood stakes and then I used duck tape to tape it all together. I have said it before, duck tape is a girls best friend!
I rounded up anything I could find to lay on the plastic to hold it down on the sides. I didn't want to staple it to the stakes because I will no doubt need to fold it back like this on nice sunny days due to heat build up.
I raided the scrap pile, found a big long board and some big pieces of rebar. Drug those over to the bed to lay on the plastic down the sides.
I put the clips on top of the plastic and clipped it to the wire hoops every so often all the way down in different spots.
Rolled up on side for air circulation.
I just am not sure what to do at this point. I wondered if the ones that were rotting would just spread rot to the rest and I will loose any that have a rotten bulb in the cluster. I hate to loose alllll these. I forget now how many hundred I planted, I would gladly dig them all up and separate out the firm ones from the mushy ones and let them dry..... rework the bed adding in more sand I think..... if that would be a good thing to do. I am just not sure what to do?