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Name: Tudor
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simpleuser
Dec 19, 2019 6:04 AM CST
Hello everyone who is reading this message. I have two hyacinths bulbs that are blooming but they didn't developed any stem. It is funny to me, because obviously I don't understand why. I've read somewhere else that spring bulbs may need to stay more in cold... (kept mine 1 month or so outside in winter-coldness). Or that they may have been planted too deep... (raised them up now that I can even see the bulbs). But still I can smell the fragrance of the blooms; but it looks funny ! Even though I feel a little bit disappointed about the way they developed for the moment.
I admit that I'm not experienced or skilled in gardening (at least for the moment being).

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Name: Jayce
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JayZeke
Dec 19, 2019 6:17 AM CST
Blinking .... Confused
Im not much help but this happen to thw bulb i own. I remember the flower dying right where it bloomed.
This year it just woke up and is doing WAAY better. Leaves are taller and wider which makes me think it's got it together! Hilarious!
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BigBill
Dec 19, 2019 9:23 AM CST
There has to be a stem, it is what the flowers are attached to.
If the stem is short it could be because they are too deep, not enough water. But when you plant them, a little slow release fertilizer might help. They sell a special formulation for bulbs.
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simpleuser
Dec 19, 2019 9:35 AM CST
Hello. Thank you for the responses! Thank You!
I have found the main problem. It came to me when I was searching about Hyacinths not flowering.
Found a topic about them, where I've identified the main problem:

"The mistake most people make is bringing them inside too soon. If you do, the warmth of the house makes the flower open before its stem has lengthened so you end up with a short stubby bloom that's swamped by leaves – very disappointing after all your efforts."

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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2019 10:15 AM CST
simpleuser said:
"The mistake most people make is bringing them inside too soon. If you do, the warmth of the house makes the flower open before its stem has lengthened so you end up with a short stubby bloom that's swamped by leaves – very disappointing after all your efforts."


That is exactly the problem. It happens to my daffodils in years when temperatures go from cold to warm too quickly.
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ctcarol
Dec 19, 2019 7:31 PM CST
One of my clivias did the same this year...so probably applies to many/all bulbs.
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2019 8:10 PM CST
I think so. Its happened to all my bulbs: tulips and daffodils but also inside plants like Amaryllis.
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simpleuser
Dec 20, 2019 3:04 AM CST
As an observation... Most surely spring bulbs really do need the cold to develop the leafs and the stem first and then they can be brought inside, or in a warm place for the flowers to appear and to bloom.

It never occurred to me that It might be the same with hyacinths (or other spring bulbs to say); last year I've had three lily bulbs that I've "forgot" about them in the balcony (cold there in the winter!), but when springtime came they suddenly started to develop stems for flowering! No leafs, no roots, stems. And quite a handful of stems. Brought them inside. Planted them in pots. And then blooming followed with more flowers to those bulbs than I've ever had! Hurray!
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oneeyeluke
Dec 20, 2019 3:10 AM CST
Thank You! simpleuser because I learn a lot from your post and it was very helpful.
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Name: Tudor
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simpleuser
Dec 20, 2019 5:04 AM CST
oneeyeluke said: Thank You! simpleuser because I learn a lot from your post and it was very helpful.


Thank you as well. I'm not experienced(yet) in gardening/plant caring as I'd enjoy to be. But hopefully, God help me, I'm learning and want to learn as much as possible about plants and how to care for them.



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tarev
Dec 20, 2019 1:15 PM CST
Ah, my clivia did that too early this year...I guess it was that same reason indeed insufficient cool down nodding . Winter then was more rains, so I opted to hide it indoors from Jan to Feb. I was afraid it may succumb to rot if I continued to keep it out.

Finally in March, putting it back in shade outside, but the blooms same as your Hyacinth...just won't push out. Rolling my eyes.
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JayZeke
Dec 21, 2019 9:20 AM CST
.... Hmmm, on a Canna

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ctcarol
Dec 21, 2019 4:25 PM CST
Not likely to happen on your canna...but that is way too big a pot, so watch your watering.
Name: Jayce
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JayZeke
Dec 22, 2019 11:06 AM CST
Hmm, i have noticed after waterings that the plant itself loses its happy vibe.... Its one of my seed starts so, maybe the root system cant handle it..... THankYou ! @ctcarol

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