Help! Grape hyacinths have sprouted!

elberethOctober 13, 2009

I have some grape hyacinth bulbs in big outdoor pots that sprouted leaves at the end of September. They're now one to two inches long. I live in Toronto, Canada so the weather's getting cold. Will the blooms wait till spring if I put the pots into an unheated garage? Or will they flower now that the leaves have sprouted? Should I bring the pots inside so they can bloom indoors? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


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This is perfectly normal for grape hyacinth/muscari - which are perfectly hardy down to Zone 3. I don't have any in containers, but mine in the ground will often sprout leaves in the fall; they don't set buds at this time, however. They survive my Zone 4 Minnesota winters and always bloom at the normal time in the spring.

I wouldn't recommend bringing them in - forcing bulbs expends all their energy rendering them virtually worthless for any future use.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 11:25AM
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My muscari did this last fall and have are up again now. They bloomed just fine this past spring so I think it's perfectly normal. Mine are in the ground but I wouldn't bring them inside. They should bloom fine in the spring for you.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 6:21PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

My grape hyacinths always sprout in fall. They bloom without any problem each spring. Don't worry. It's normal.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 12:34AM
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