Glass Jar Hyacinth

maplerbirch(4)December 17, 2012

Thank you for showing me this. I've clicked on the phrase, Post a Message to the Forum", in the past but it never came up with a screen to post in.
I couldn't remember how I did it in the past. sorry.

Anyways, I have the jar full of pebbles that has water and roots growing visibly in the water. The hyacinth is in bloom the leaves are all grown out, just as if it were in a pot. My concern is root rot over time.
Should I empty the jar occasionally to allow the roots to breathe or leave a gap between the bottom of the bulb and the water level?

Thank you for any help in this regard. :)

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

It is best if the bottom of the bulb is a fraction above the water. The roots will not rot, at least on mine they never do, but as soon as the flower is finished I plant mine straight out in the garden. Maybe that's not possible in your zone in the winter.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 12:11PM
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Thank-you for the response. I can not plant into the garden until April or so, but I wonder if I should pot it, or experiment with how long it will live in the jar?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 7:26AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

All the time the leaves are growing the roots shouldn't rot, even in water. Here's another posting on hyacinths in water I've put some pictures on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hyacinths in glasses

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 4:45PM
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Thank you for showing me the post of the more detailed instructions. We are way below freezing here and the one that I purchased while in bloom is now done. It looks as though the leaves are now dieing back and the water has clouded in the vase.
The place I bought it from said that I should now store the bulb in the root cellar until Autumn and plant it to come back next Spring, in the garden.
I noticed that you do not have pebbles in your vases, only water.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:31PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

No, no pebbles. If you have the special hyacinth glasses the cup shaped top means the plants do not fall over. Maybe in other vases the pebbles are needed to keep them upright?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 4:04PM
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The one I bought was in a bluish vase exactly as the ones in your picture and it also had the white stones. I just assumed they were necessary, perhaps for breathing and continued moisture while letting the water go down. Evidently none of these measures are necessary.

I'm so used to roots needing air and water that I was fussing over this bulb quite a bit. Learning all the time. Thank-you. :)

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 3:24AM
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