Hyacilnthlus orientalis wild form

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 09 Apr 2004 09:13:08 PDT
Johannes-Ulrich wrote,
>I grow some bulbs of Hyacinthus orientalis wild form, some in the open garden
>in a mesh pot to avoid them being eaten by mice and some in a pot in the
>greenhouse because I think they are not fully hardy.

I have grown this bulb from seed and planted the bulbs out in the garden 
when they were about 3 years old. They have remained there for about 8 
years now, flowering well each season. I don't think there is any danger of 
their being eaten by mice or other rodents -- I believe hyacinth bulbs are 
unpalatable to these pests, since they are never bothered in my garden, 
which is horribly infested with both field mice and voles. My plants have 
survived temperatures as low as 5 degrees F (about minus 15 C). I also grow 
a form called H. orientalis subsp. chionophyllus, which has lighter blue, 
larger flowers; it is in the bulb frame at present.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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