Forced Bulbs in Water they bloomed nicely not what?

houstworksJanuary 27, 2014

What do I do with the bulbs?
Hyacinths and paper whites.
I can still chill them for quite a few weeks since we live up north.

If I leave the green leaves on will that help the bulb
or should I cut the leaves off and put it into a dark
area about 50 degrees with no water and see what happens?

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Cindy zone 6a

The paper whites will not bloom again, so they need to be tossed. The hyacinths should just be kept in the pots, don't cut the green. When the soil is workable in the spring, you can plant them outside in the garden. It is what i do, and they will rebloom , usually after a few years. I had hyacinths that I planted out this past spring, after forcing them in water, and they bloomed late fall, it was crazy, it will take a few seasons for them to get back in sync.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 11:21AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I plant mine immediately in the garden after they finish flowering because we don't have frozen ground. I find they bloom the next spring. There is no delay and they are not out of season so it must be something to do with different climates. However, the blooms are never as dense as the original indoor ones. They will come up every year thereafter.

The paperwhites might bloom again if you lived in a frost free place where they grow outdoors in the normal course of things.

All the hyacinths in this picture started life indoors in water.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Thanks for your replies!

As for they hyacinth I think that means I should put them in a pot with soil,
Should they be inside the house in a cool spot or a sunny location?
Should they be watered very much?
If I think of them as if they were underground in the winter right now - is that what I should try to create for them?

Great photo floral_uk

I guess we shall see what happens with these.
It's been so very cold here the inside of the house can chill bulbs just fine this year.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:37AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I can put mine straight outside but it sounds as if yours need temporarily to go into a pot in a cool place first. Then put them out when the weather improves.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 12:51PM
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Thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 2:57PM
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