ever reliable hyacinths and trial and error with crocus and tulips

I definitely had too many vases to fill this forcing season but I can't resist buying more, especially these jewel coloured Victorian vases.

jewel coloured squat vases

jewel coloured squat vases

I sometimes wonder why people buy clear glass vases when the jewel-like colours of the Victorian vases are so beautiful.

jewel-coloured vases

hyacinth with 3rd stem

Hyacinths are so easy to grow, especially compared to other bulbs. They want to grow no matter what. I found this bulb outside in my pile of spent bulbs sprouting a 3rd flowering stem after the first 2 have wilted. Below is the hyacinth bulb I cut in half to show the developed flower inside before it started growing. I stuck it in a pot to see what would happen and as predicted it started to grow. It has a stem growing which I'm sure will eventually develop a flower.  These hyacinths are magic. Just stick them in a vase with water and they're soon rooting, unlike these crocus and tulips which are so hit and miss. I am still experimenting with them and through trial and error trying to figure out which varieties and what methods work best.


cut hyacinth sprouting

These small tulips rooted well at first and then all of this variety wilted without blooming. They were from the selection sold in the box (below) but the varieties are not marked.

wilted tulips

tulip box

Unfortunately the tulip on the left never bloomed properly although the flower is clearly visible in the still furled leaves. Why didn't it make that final lap? The tulip on the right has a very strange growth from the bottom of the bulb pushing the bulb right out of the vase. Is it a root-type growth or an additional stem? I can't tell. Below is another image of it outside the vase.

forced small tulip strange tulip















strange tulip

In contrast, this variety of tulip (centre, below)  has performed brilliantly; the only ones in the box to bloom.

forced tulips