Hyacinths - garden and species

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:59:10 PST
Thanks to all for the responses here.

	Like many I assumed one bulb would produce one spike 
annually, but I have at least 2x as many spikes visible this year as 
last and many more small shoots. I'll let you all know what actually 
blooms as they progress.
	They have not been subject to any damage to induce this 
sudden multiplication. Don't think I accidentally split any while 
digging. I think it is a combination of maturation and a mild winter, 

	They are growing in my basic soil-glacial fine grain loess 
clay over limestone. Alkaline and water retentive. These are all 
named cvs and I haven't looked at the labels in a while, but I think 
one is 'Innocence', but don't quote me.

	I also have some mulitflorum types in another part of the 
garden that have multiplied very slowly over a longer period of time. 
They produce a few small spikes per bulbs.

	I am surprised at how few are shown on the wiki 
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… , but 
this does depend on the generosity of members so get pix of those 
species available. I's love to see more of these wild hyacinths.   I 
hope Jane and Reichjke can bring out their cameras to share some pix.

	Bloom season still isn't quite here and not all bulbs have 
even sprouted so there's more surprises to go.

		Always something new in the garden. 		Best 
		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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