second week in January 2018

I've had a number of hyacinths in bloom so far this season so I'm already disposing of spent flowers. I generally accumulate the spent bulbs and plant them in one go when they're all finished and the weather is better to plant them in the garden. The vases on the table I just took out of the dark. They don't look very ready to come out but unless they come out soon they won't bloom this season.

disposing of spent hyacinths

while I was going through those spent hyacinths I found this one had a second stem yet to bloom, I cut the wilting stem off and put the bulb back in a vase to allow the second stem to bloom

forced hyacinth with second stem

I cut off that wilting stem and put the bulb in a vase

Miss Saigon hyacinth with second stem

these are still in the dark in the cellar, even smaller than the ones above

hyacinths still in the dark

I printed out my spreadsheet to update it while checking the hyacinths, Victor promptly sat on it

cat and forced hyacinths

I have run out of room on the windowsill (want to keep a bit in the middle for a cat to sit) so I've had to put the latest vases out of the dark on the table. None of these are as developed as I'd like but it's so late in the season now I'm worried about them having time to bloom.

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

from that bulb bowl above, the hyacinth on the left is one of (if not "the") best this year, Blue Star (I think), in the middle Miss Saigon, the other 3 disppointing failures, no roots and on the right rotten:

failing hyacinth bulbs

although the two on the left look ok from above

failing hyacinth bulbs

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

These are Pink Elephant hyacinths. I haven't used them before. The stems are a bit sparse but they're interesting looking. They are not "prepared" but seem to have been forced just fine.

Pink Elephant hyacinths in hyacinth vases

the hyacinths develop at such different rates

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

some of the bulbs have bulblets I didn't notice when I started them, this one is well-developed

well-developed bulblet

I have tried planting bulblets in the past but without any roots they won't develop any and grow. I carefully cut off some of the bulblets with roots attached.

hyacinth bulblets

I potted the bulblets up.

hyacinth bulblets potted up