Saffron crocus bulbs are planted and then in the spring time they sprout 6 to 9 green shoots that grow through spring and summer. In the autumn there is a 10-15 day time periodwithin which all the crocus flowers pop out, this is a most beautiful sight to see. The crocuses are all hand picked before the sun is up at dawn. The picked saffron flowers are then taken to have the valuable stigmas removed, dried to 8% moisture maximum then packed.