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Flopping Hyacinths

Posted by ghoghunter Zone6b SE PA (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 24, 12 at 19:01

My son planted hyacinths last Fall for the first time. They all came up and bloomed but then the flowers all flopped over. He is asking me what caused this and I was thinking maybe too much water??? I was not sure what to tell him. It is his very first gardening experience too. We live in the suburbs of Philly..zone 7 I guess.
Joann


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RE: Flopping Hyacinths

A picture would really help. Do you mean they flopped when the flowers were still in full bloom or after they faded?

I doubt it's too much water if they are outdoors. You could check the stems and see if something has taken a bite out. Another possibility is heat. Has it been hot there?


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It has been warmer here than usual..up in the 70's although today we are cool again..in the 40's. I'll ask him to check for insect damage.
Joann


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RE: Flopping Hyacinths

Sometimes hyacinths just flop. The blooms are heavier than the stem can support and they flop over. Sometimes growers will use a small stake through the bloom and down into the pot, but most of the time this goes through the bulb too which I wouldn't think is the best thing.

Unless your soil is really rich the bloom head should be smaller next year and more likely to stay upright.


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RE: Flopping Hyacinths

The ones that flopped were all the pale blue ones. The dark blue ones stayed upright! So I guess it is just that the flower heads were too large for the stems. Hopefully next year it won't happen again.
Joann


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Mine always flop


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I have flopping and unflopping ones. Seems like the ones that flop are usually amid tulip leaves or other plants that make the hyacinths reach higher to make a break out of the cover, They are still beautiful, though.


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