The Q&A Archives: Hyacinths

Question: How do you propagate hyacinths? The bulbs don't seem to multiply like daffodils or glads.

Answer: Hyacinths can be made to form bulblets by scooping out the basal plate at the bottom of the bulb. The scooped out bulbs are stored at warm temperatures in sphagnum peat until new bulblets form at the margins of the old basal plate. These bulblets are then broken free from the parent and grown until they reach a diameter large enough for flower formation. The whole process takes 4-5 years.

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