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Herb Bulbs to Plant in the Fall

Some herbs grown for their  bulbs (botanically roots, tubers, etc) can or should be planted in the fall.  There may still be time in your area to get them in the ground before the ground freezes.

The herbs for fall planting include garlic, shallots, and saffron.

Saffron Crocus sativus is hardy to zone 6 and should be planted in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.  Saffron is one type of fall blooming crocus but the only one with edible parts.  The stigmas are harvested and used as a spice and for medicinal use.


Shallots Allium ascalonicum are in the onion family and depending on the variety and your climate may be fall or spring planted.  Plant in well-drained soil about 6″ apart with the pointy side up.  Plant deep enough so the very tip is showing.

Garlic Allium sativum, also a member of the onion family, should also be planted in well-drained soil in a sunny spot.  Gently separate the garlic into cloves.  Plant the larger cloves and use the smaller cloves for cooking.  Plant each clove pointy side up about 6″ apart and about 4″ deep.


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