First Bulb Bloom & First Bulb Problem, Any Ideas?
(Okay, 1st time posting pictures, please bear with...)
So, since I live in a condo, I do not have any yard to plant things in--only a large east-facing balcony and some good space outside the front door for containers. This is my first year planting ANYTHING at all, and I got a little obsessed with planting bulbs in containers. Well, one of my bowl container I planted with crocus and hyacinth was coming up more than I thought healthy for outdoors in early February, so I took the pot into work where I get bright light and figured it would be nice to have some early spring flowers. My plant label shows these are 6 Hyacinth pink pearl and 15 crocuses. I figured the bowl was going to be a little shallow but I was running out of containers so I figured it was worth a shot at the time of planting in November.
Well, everything seemed to be coming along fine (photo taken Feb 4th):
Then, a week or so later, the hyacinth in the middle was appearing noticeably taller and the five around the outside developed brownish/yellow tips and did not appear to be growing any taller.
The crocuses have since bloomed and flowers have faded. (Photos taken Feb 12th.) The center hyacinth continued to grow and bloomed, providing a lovely fragrance in my office!
So, I was more and more curious about why the other 5 hyacinths didn't bloom, so I was poking at one and tugged on it lightly. To my surprise, it came right out, with a mushy, yellowish goo where the shoot would have met the bulb. I pulled the rest of it out and there was the head of the hyacinth and all the shoots/leaves were apparently just rotten at the bulb. Does anyone know how to explain this & why this would affect 5 of the hyacinth bulbs and not the 6th (center) bulb or any of the crocuses? Is it because there wasn't enough depth in the container around the sides where those were planted? I have read that fluctuating temperatures and freeze/thaw cycle can cause the bulbs to rot, but this container was not subject to any wild fluctuations in temperature, it was started in my unheated garage. Any comments would be appreciated & thanks!