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Question: Hyacinths

How do you deal with faded hyacinths? Where do they go and how should they be kept to make them bloom again next year? Thank you


Flowered hyacinths: Answer: Hyacinths

Dear Mariangela,

hyacinths are cold-resistant, spring-flowering bulbs, which are definitely very suitable for planting, that is, they can be left in a flowerbed, in the ground, and from year to year they will tend to produce new bulbils, widening the patch of flowers . To allow the bulbs left in the ground to develop at their best, it is always convenient to remove them from the ground, every 3-4 years, to remove the smaller bulbs and space the others, leaving at least 15-20 centimeters of space between each bulb, otherwise with the passing of the years, the bulbs tend to gather excessively and stop blooming.

They can also be grown in pots, but in this case, it is advisable to remove them, after the foliage has dried, and keep them in a cool and dry place, possibly poorly lit, until autumn. Even the bulbs in the flowerbeds can be removed, and kept until autumn; the hyacinths are planted in autumn, and not in spring, so that they begin to sprout as soon as possible at the end of winter. If you have the possibility, you can also leave them in the pots, moving the containers in a dark and fresh, dry area, such as a cellar; at the end of winter it will be enough to reposition the vases in their place. Even in pots, every 2-3 years, it is advisable to remove the bulbs from the ground, and sift them, keeping only the larger and healthier ones, which will be repositioned well spaced.

So much for location; as for getting new large and colorful flowers every year, just know how the bulbs work. As we all know, bulbous plants store nutrients in special transformed organs; these substances (generally starches or sugars) are used by the plant to have a surplus of nourishment the following year, when it will have to bloom. So the bigger and healthier the bulb, the more beautiful and colorful the flowers will be. It is often thought that plants feed on fertilizer, in reality the fertilizers are more or less as for us the vitamins, but the basic but complementary minerals. Plants feed on chlorophyll photosynthesis, which is practiced by the green parts of the plant; therefore, to have large flowers, it is necessary that the bulbs are healthy, to have healthy bulbs, it is necessary that the leaves are cultivated at best. So, even after flowering, we cultivate, water, fertilize the leaves of the hyacinths, until they begin to dry out naturally, when we will stop watering, to allow the bulbs to enter vegetative rest.

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