Re: grape hyacinths

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Posted by Newt on June 20, 2003 at 13:42:42:

In Reply to: Re: grape hyacinths posted by Sue on June 20, 2003 at 05:22:17:

: I to live in Wisc. some zone.
: What do I do with those seeds?
: How do I store them, plant them to make more????
: Thanks Newt for your great advice!
: Sue

Hi Sue,
They can be propagated two ways. You can allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Sow them on top of the soil where you want them and don't disturb the area. Cover with about 1/16" of soil. Or, Sow 1/16" in well drained potting mix at 60 - 65 degrees. 6 - 9 weeks to germinate. (Thompson Morgan Germination Database) It may take up to 3 years before they bloom. Or you could dig the bulbs and divide the offsets.

I just let the seeds develop on the stems and the wind and ants do the rest for me. Sometimes I will divide a clump.

Have fun!

: : : I live in southeastern Wisconsin (Zone 5), and my grape hyacinths are done blooming and looking very shabby. The leaves are turning brown and have what look like seed pods on the end of them. Can I mow them down or do I have to leave them all summer? Thanks

: : Hi Karen,
: : Yup, those are seeds. If you like, pull any yellowed or brown leaves. It's best to leave the green ones until they yellow as the leaves make food for the bulbs for next years blooms.

: : Newt

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