Posted by Newt on January 26, 2003 at 18:32:58:
In Reply to: Hyacinths posted by lyn on January 24, 2003 at 21:22:20:
: My hyacinths have bloomed and the flowers are drying up. Can the bulbs be kept for next year? How should they be kept (dry out of soil, left in soil, any watering needed)? They are potted plants and not planted in a garden bed. Grateful for any advice.
Most people compost or trash the forced hyacinths. The are one of those bulbs that are sold a peak and go down hill yearly from there. I have kept them in their pots, cut the spent flower stem to the soil line so the energy goes into food for the bulb and not seeds, let the foilage turn yellow by itself and kept watering as needed so the bulbs didn't dry out. Then I planted in the garden when the ground thawed. They usually bloom for another couple of years, but the blooms sparse and the bulb not long lived.
Give it a try by keeping it watered until the ground is thawed enough to plant in.