hyacinth seeds

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:29:24 PDT
Janet asked
>I have dozens of seedpods on my hyacinths. I planted lots of blue 
>and white ones in containers in the garden and the flowers were 
>magnificent. It is easy to see which pods are blue and which are 
>white. Earlier today, I pressed one and the seeds are easily visible 
>and look ready to set. Does anyone have any advice? Janet Miller

If you want to plant the seeds, you can do so once the capsules 
(pods) are starting to open on their own and the seeds are hard and 
dark. However, it will take about four years to obtain flowering 
plants, and they will probably not look much like those of the 
commercial bulbs you apparently purchased. If you liked the results 
from your Dutch bulbs, you would be better off just to buy some more. 
They are select varieties grown and stored under carefully controlled 
conditions to produce mass flowering their first year. Depending on 
your climate and cultural conditions, flowering in future years may 
decline in size, though the bulbs may also increase. Hyacinth bulbs 
that have been grown in containers can be planted in the garden once 
the foliage has withered, preferably somewhere that doesn't get much 
water in summer.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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