why do hyacinth flowers droop

the_man_fernJanuary 26, 2007

hello

i am growing hyacinths from bulbs indoors under lights

when the flower heads come into bloom the whole thing flops over

at first i though it was because they where heavy but when i tied them up they continued to flop from there

they are moist so its not because they are dry.

any ideas or has this happened to you

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callalilykris(z5b MI)

Hyacinths are quite top heavy. I plant them close together (but not too close) so they can support each other. Garden stores also have plant supports that work well.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2007 at 12:54PM
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Nell Jean

I read that the famous gardens where the beautiful photos come from, Keukenhof, use wires to keep those beautiful heavy heads in their photos straight up. They just run a wire down the stem into the bulb.

Florists often just put a bamboo stick down in the pot and attach the flower stem with a bit of florist's tape. A bit of droop keeps them from looking stiff and unnatural.

My experience with growing hyacinths in the garden is that second year flowers are not as full and heavy and stand up nicely.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 12:46PM
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