review of hyacinths by variety

On December 23rd, reviewing the hyacinths, I can see I'm only going to have 1 in bloom for Christmas. I had high hopes with dozens out of the dark. I do have lots and lots of fat buds but not many ready to open.

Delft Blue hyacinths

Delft Blue hyacinths

delft blue hyacinths

Blue Eyes hyacinths

blue eyes hyacinths

the two at the front are Blue Eyes

blue eyes hyacinths

Aiolos hyacinths

aiolos hyacinths

aiolos hyacinths

Blue Star hyacinths

blue star hyacinths

Aqua hyacinths

aqua hyacinths

Sky Planet

sky planet hyacinths

close-up of the hyacinth right above

sky planet hyacinth

Miss Saigon hyacinths

Miss Saigon hyacinths

Caribbean Dream hyacinths

Caribbean Dream hyacinths

Jan Bos hyacinths, the only one I'll have in bloom on Christmas Day

jan bos hyacinths

Gypsy Queen hyacinth

gypsy queen hyacinth

Sky Jacket hyacinths

Sky Jacket hyacinths

Pink Surprise hyacinths

Pink Surprise hyacinths

lots of hyacinth buds awaiting flowers

Blue Eyes hyacinths have been an early variety this year. The buds are large and look to be some of the earliest flowers.

Blue Eyes hyacinths in hyacinth vases

I discovered a few problems when I checked the hyacinths in the cellar today (21-12-2022). The vase on the left was cracked and had leaked all the water out. I wonder if it froze but none of the other vases seemed to have froze. The hyacinth on the right did not grow roots (pictured below the amber vase below).

forced hyacinths in vases

cracked hyacinth vase

So I removed the hyacinth bulb from the amber vase and put it in the green vase. Hyacinth roots in water are very brittle so there was some breakage moving the bulb but I hope enough survived to allow the hyacinth to continue growing. The bulb on the right has a problem. Don't think I've ever seen one exactly like this.

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

Closer view of that bulb. I doubt it will flower properly. I'll have to dispose of it.

all the vases that came out of the cellar today

Jan Bos buds from a double-stemmed hyacinth

jan bos hyacinth buds

I try to remove the bulbets when I start the hyacinths but found these bulblets I missed when I took these vases out of the cellar. I'm going to try to remove the bulblets in a way that they can grow and develop - keeping some of the basal plate of the parent bulb. These bulblets are preventing the hyacinths from sitting in the vase properly.

I haven't checked each of these which variety they are but will try to tomorrow

spectacular White Amadeus amaryllis buds open

The White Amadeus amaryllis are spectacular. The buds opened the last couple days. The Minerva amaryllis flowers are tiny by comparison but still beautiful flowers. Scarecrow on the windowsill, Rocky on the table in the foreground.

White Amadeus and Minerva amaryllis

White Amadeus amaryllis Minerva amaryllis

The hyacinths included to show the difference in sizes.

White Amadeus Minerva amaryllis

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs. I just brought it out of the cellar today so the crocus shoots are looking very anemic but they will green up in a few days. As I recall every bulb flowers, unlike the crocus in vases below.

wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

I  have had variable results forcing crocus in vases. So far this year, they are looking good and the roots are growing well. I never get flowers from every bulb but enough to make me keep trying. I'll see how many flowers I get this year from 12 bulbs.  Cranberry vase back right is by glassroots and matches a hyacinth vase by glassroots in the same colour and style that I have.

forced crocus bulbs in vases

first amaryllis in bloom

my first amaryllis bloom, Minerva, a variety I have not tried before but very happy with it

minerva amaryllis

I took this photo of Rocky in the morning, the amaryllis bud was not open; in the photo above, taken in the afternoon, the amaryllis bud was open

huge fat buds on the White Amadeus amaryllis - looking forward to flowers very soon

amaryllis minerva white amadeus

first hyacinths out of the dark

I've heard that forced hyacinths need to come out of the dark and cold by December 1st if they are to bloom by Christmas - but some bulbs grow faster than others - certainly a better chance of Christmas blooms the sooner they come out into the light and warmth.

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

these have been out for a couple days and have started to green up, initially the stems are yellow after being in the dark

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

a closer view of some of those fat buds

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

this one has two stems

forced hyacinths in vases out of the dark for Christmas

last minute hyacinth vase

Sainsbury's usually has a hyacinth vase and some bulbs for sale every autumn. I didn't see any hyacinth bulbs this year but I finally saw the hyacinth vase (which comes with a bulb) yesterday and of course had to buy one to try it - even though I have too many hyacinth vases  already and it's only £3. Today's helper, Jeffrey.

Sainsburys hyacinth vase

standard instructions on the back

sainsburys hyacinth vase

the bulb it came with doesn't look great but still viable

sainsburys hyacinth vase

it's a bit late to be starting hyacinths (must check the others in the cellar, some probably ready to come out) for forcing so wanted to start this immediately, fill the vase with water to just under the bulb then into the dark for a few weeks

sainsburys hyacinth vase

amaryllis starting to grow

amaryllis starting to grow

amaryllis in vases

crocus bulbs in Wedgwood hedghog and crocus vases

As I'm home sick with covid (after a booster vaccination in October!) I organised my crocus bulb forcing. I positioned crocus bulbs with their stems through the holes in the Wedgwood hedgehog. I then filled with compost. It got a bit dirty while trying to organise that so must wipe it off.

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

if the crocus bulbs had stems sticking out the sides, I removed them

crocus bulb

without those extra stems, the energy can go into the main stem

crocus bulb

I filled each vase with water. Unlike hyacinths, crocus bulbs need to sit in the water to kick-start them into growth. Those two vases on the right have the colour painted on and it's flaking off. I decided not to use them as I have enough other vases. Rocky came to sit on the table.

crocus vases Wedgwood hedgehog

when I got a box to put the hedgehog and vases in to put them into the cellar, Rocky, being a typical cat, had to investigate the box

I guess I'm going to need another box

a couple days later, I was in the cellar and thought I'd check the bulbs and saw the crocus bulbs already have roots starting - bulbs are magic - give them water and they grow

crocus bulb with roots

crocus bulb with roots

amaryllis bulbs in vases and pots

My amaryllis bulbs arrived this week (I was very late in ordering them), Victor was pleased to have a new box.

I ordered 6 bulbs forgetting I only have 3 vases so had to scramble around improvising pots: Amaryllis Apple Blossom in the tall clear vase on the left and the light green pot at the back on the right; Amaryllis Minerva in the red vase and the Adams biscuit barrel; Amaryllis White Amadeus in the dark green glass pot at the front on the left and the shorter clear vase at the back, second from left.

amaryllis in vases and pot

I am still unsure what to do with the Sternbergia lutea. Most were in the dark for the last few weeks but I took them out yesterday as they all have root and leaf development. I still don't know how they bloom September / October when I didn't even receive the bulbs until the end of October.

sternbergia lutea

starting more hyacinth bulbs in vases

A few more vases to use, a few are new ebay purchases and the small ones on the right I thought I would buy those small hyacinth bulbs from Sainsbury's but they don't have them so just using the bulbs I have. 1 pack of Aqua hyacinth bulbs left so using them for a bulb bowl. Socky keeping me company. At least one cat usually comes to the table when I'm doing bulbs.

forcing hyacinths in vases

bulb bowl with Aqua hyacinth bulbs, I have too many bulb bowls and nowhere to put them so just using 1 this year, the bowl and the vases are filled with water to just below the bulbs and put into the dark for a few weeks

hyacinth bulb bowl

Sternbergia lutea which I am not sure about. I've not grown them before so not sure what to do, especially as the label says they bloom Sept / Oct. Well I only just received them! Do they go into the dark like hyacinths? Do they stay out? I've put all of them into the dark except that on the left which looks like it has a flower bud in the stem.

sternbergia lutea

Before I decided to put them in the dark I had put them on the windowsill, two of the stems broke off in transit. I hope they recover.

sternbergia lutea


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