Hyacinth is my favorite winter flower. Even more than tulip, since it is non-fussy, easy to grow, fragrant and GORGEOUS!! Obviously, when flowering is over, it makes me a little sad! Depending upon the weather they may or may not multiply on their own. Sometimes, they start to form bulb-lets but then die off when it gets too hot. So a little extra help really helps them divide!! If you are also looking for help to propagate hyacinth bulbs, let’s get started..
WAYS TO PROPAGATE HYACINTH BULBS
- After Hyacinths have finished flowering, dig out the bulbs carefully while the foliage is still green. This is to ensure that we obtain bulb-lets before they die or rot off due to heat/moisture.
- Also, they cannot continue to grow in the same place in full sun once summers arrive.
- Some bigger healthier bulbs may have formed smaller child bulbs while others may have not. We will treat them differently accordingly.
- Wash off the soil and separate the clumps into smaller units.
- Pry open gently and do not pull hard. The roots will separate themselves.
- Now plant the main bulb (that was already multiplying) & the bulb-lets in well-draining soil. Ensure that the soil does not allow water to stand by adding sand.
- Also, mix in compost for healthier bulbs.
- Now take the bulbs that were not multiplying & cut off their leaves.
- Remove the roots as well.
- The lower portion of the bulb is called the “Basal Plate“. This is where the roots grow from.
- Now, there are two ways to force multiplication.
- First is to cut off the basal plate using a knife and scoop out a bit of flesh.
- Second method is to simply make cuts in the basal plate vertically & horizontally. This is to kick start propagation.
- Take a shallow container filled with moist coco-peat.
- Dust some fungicide (baking soda works well) on the cut portion of the bulbs.
- Place them upside down in the coco-peat.
- Place in a dark place.
- Spray occasionally to keep moist.
- You will notice small bulb-lets forming in a few weeks.
- Plant the bulb outside once this happens.
- Do ensure that bulbs are taken out of soil once their leaves die. They will not multiply after that but only rot.
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