Hyacinth varieties that stay upright?

prairiemoon2 z6 MAApril 26, 2011

We planted more Hyacinth bulbs last fall and I'm a little disappointed with some of them because they are leaning to one side or have fallen over all together. Only one variety is actually standing upright, 'City of Haarlem'. It is a yellow which I've never had before and I am not liking the color which is another story, (g) but I thought I'd at least ask, if anyone had hyacinths that didn't topple or lean over?

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linnea56(z5 IL)

I find that the first year after planting, they are fuller, and thus the weight makes them topple. I use short metal stem stakes that have an open loop on the end. These are about 16 inches long: too long, but useable. Avoiding the bulb, I push them deeply in, then hook the stem into the loop.

In subsequent years, the florets are not as dense, then they don't flop.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 9:49PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Linnea, I do wonder why that is though. Are the bulb producers doing something that makes them fuller? I wonder if there are any efforts to breed a stronger stem into newer varieties. I am surprised at how erect the 'City of Haarlem' is in comparison to every other variety in the garden, and it is in it's first year.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 2:24AM
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