Hyacinth seeds.

eroctuse2(z5 SE Michigan)May 13, 2006

I know how to grow grape hyacinths from seed (throw on the ground and look out), but I've never tried growing the seeds from my large hyacinths.

I have around 100-150 hyacinth stalks going to seed now and I wondered if anyone might know how to grow them. I pulled two pods apart and found 18 seeds.

Considering each stalk has multiple pods (if the others hold the same numbers) I could have more seeds than I know what to do with.

I realize that most people propagate hyacinths from bulblets, but I would guess that the seeds aren't just there to look nice.

I've never been very good with seeds, but I would really like to try and do something with these. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Brock

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

First Store at 40F for 16 weeks. THEN lightly cover the seed soil temp 60-70F takes 30-90 days to germinate.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2006 at 11:46AM
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eroctuse2(z5 SE Michigan)

Thank-you very much! I really appreciate your help.

I look forward to following your advice, once they're ready.
Brock

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 5:52AM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

So if I am understanding this correctly...they go to seed in the mid to late spring. Gather the seeds and put them in the fridge in a bag...16 weeks later (the Fall) I take them out and put the seeds in seed pots and watch them grow? Since it is the fall will they really sprout in the winter? If I store them in a dry bag and put them in the fridge in the winter...will they sprout if I sow them in the spring? Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 3:08AM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Please help :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2008 at 11:23PM
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threas(z7 PA)

They sound perfect for winter sowing. Mother Nature will stratify the seeds for you.They will germinate when the time is right.

Theresa

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 7:41AM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Thanks so much! I went ahead and threw some of the seed that came from our plants this year right onto the soil. The rest I will save for this winter.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 11:31PM
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kdla1957_sympatico_ca

I read through this and understand most of it but have a couple of questions.
Do I have to remove the seeds from the pods prior to storing?
Can I freeze instead of 40 degrees? I'm assuming it would simulate winter and not harm the seeds...

Thanks in advance,
David

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 9:03PM
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