The Q&A Archives: Early Grape Hyacinths

Question: Hi. Last spring I received some grape hyacynth bulbs which still had some foliage attached from a friend after they had flowered for her and she was dividing them. I planted them and over the summer or fall the remaining foliage died off. I was recently outside and noticed that the foliage was long and green, although droopy on the ground, and I assume that due to the warm winter weather, the leaves recently came up new. I am now unsure what to do -- should I cut back this "new" growth and wait for more growth in the spring prior to blooming or will cutting the leaves back now cause them not to flower.

Answer: Grape hyacinths usually sprout leaves in the fall which then look a bit scraggly by spring, but it is normal. Just leave them alone to grow and replenish the bulb. After the bulb blooms and the foliage has yellowed and dried then you can remove it.

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