November 27, 2014

Update on Manipulating Hyacinth Bulbs

Hyacinths in refrigerated pots are forming roots on schedule.

Nice white roots.


Roots have the contractile ability to pull the bulb down into the soil. I helped them a bit by adding more soil over the top so they don't have to waste as much energy and the soil level comes up, having settled a bit.

All smug about my project, I thought to look in what I thought was an empty  vegetable drawer and found the rotting remains of a half dozen forgotten pears.

Ethylene gas! Horrors. My bulbs may shrink and the embryonic flowers inside the bulbs may be damaged or dead. They'll remain despite this, so that I can know first hand the real effects of ripening fruit on bulbs, verifying what every extension site says. I have not seen actual results of a trial, so this is mine.

There should still be foliage, so the bulbs if flower-less this spring can still be planted out in the garden to grow on when I determine whether there are no buds. The next year (2016) they should bloom in the garden as usual, blooms formed in spring of 2015.


There will still be hyacinths in the garden. previous years' bulbs. This is a ten dollar experiment that I would not have done if I'd looked in both fridge drawers before I started.


outlawgardener said...

It will be interesting to hear the results of your trial! It'll be unfortunate if you loose those fragrant blooms this year!

Jean Campbell said...

It will be a first if I have no blooms. It will be a learning experience -- I have learned to check the refrigerator drawers more often.

Alison said...

I'm interested to see if the advice about ripening fruit is true.

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