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Hyacinth varieties that stay upright?

Posted by prairiemoon2 zone 6a/MA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 26, 11 at 6:53

We planted more Hyacinth bulbs last fall and I'm a little disappointed with some of them because they are leaning to one side or have fallen over all together. Only one variety is actually standing upright, 'City of Haarlem'. It is a yellow which I've never had before and I am not liking the color which is another story, (g) but I thought I'd at least ask, if anyone had hyacinths that didn't topple or lean over?

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RE: Hyacinth varieties that stay upright?

I find that the first year after planting, they are fuller, and thus the weight makes them topple. I use short metal stem stakes that have an open loop on the end. These are about 16 inches long: too long, but useable. Avoiding the bulb, I push them deeply in, then hook the stem into the loop.

In subsequent years, the florets are not as dense, then they don't flop.

RE: Hyacinth varieties that stay upright?

Thanks Linnea, I do wonder why that is though. Are the bulb producers doing something that makes them fuller? I wonder if there are any efforts to breed a stronger stem into newer varieties. I am surprised at how erect the 'City of Haarlem' is in comparison to every other variety in the garden, and it is in it's first year.

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