How to Propagate Hyacinth Flower Bulbs

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..

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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.

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  • Some bigger healthier bulbs may have formed smaller child bulbs while others may have not. We will treat them differently accordingly.




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  • Wash off the soil and separate the clumps into smaller units.
  • Pry open gently and do not pull hard. The roots will separate themselves.
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PROPAGATING HYACINTH

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  • 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.




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HYACINTH BULBS MULTIPLYING

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  • Now take the bulbs that were not multiplying & cut off their leaves.
  • Remove the roots as well.

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  • 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.

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  • Second method is to simply make cuts in the basal plate vertically & horizontally. This is to kick start propagation.

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  • 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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