Need Hyacinth Bulb Experts to Chime In, Please
I live in an apartment in New York (zone 6). This past April, I received a beautiful 10" pot of big 8" stems of blue Hyacinth bulbs (cultivar unknown) in full bloom. After a week of enjoying the fragrant flowers, I noticed that gnats were apparently hatching from the soil. I immediately placed the plant outside on my rear fire escape, where it continued to flower.
After the flowers dried out, I cut them off and eventually cut off the leaves around June. I left the pot on the fire escape all summer and just forgot about the plant, leaving it to the elements. My thoughts were that the bulbs needed sunlight to build energy, but regular watering would just rot them since they were not in an active growth stage. (Yes, I applied a little succulent know-how to the mix! - Did I do OK?)
Over the past month, we've enjoyed 68-76 degree daytime weather, with overnight temps dipping into the mid 50s. I just took a look at the bulbs because I thought to do something with them over the winter. Well, to my surprise, they are sprouting - There is a 1/2" 3-stem new green growth at the top of each bulb! Forgive me for sounding so excited, but I really can't wrap my head around bulbs and they have always been a mystery to me - I'm a succulent person :-)
The obvious question - What now? I'm inclined to believe that they are going to bloom again in time for Thanksgiving. Is this a stretch? I'm thinking I should leave them where they are until temps drop to 40 degrees (but not below). At that time, I can bring them in and place them in a sunny window and water lightly to see what happens??? Alternately, I have a relatively cold stairwell with a sunny skylight (leading to the roof) where I can leave them until spring. If that's the case, what about water? HELP! What do I do?
Your advice is very much appreciated.