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Name: cc
north western Pa.
Jan 26, 2015 12:05 PM CST
I recently purchased a hyacinth plant (bulb) in a small glass vase. In the 2 weeks i have had the plant it has bloomed w/beautiful fragrant pink flowers. Question: has it continues to bloom it is now top heavy. Can i keep it in a bigger vase of just water forever or in spring plant outside? The only care INSTRUCTION WAS TO KEEP 3/4 FULL W/WATER. Should the bulb not touch water? It doesn't in the purchased vase.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Jan 26, 2015 1:11 PM CST
I'd probably sit the vase inside a larger container that I liked and top dress the top with moss or something like that and not disturb the plant.

However, I do have to admit I haven't forced a hyacinth. I just have a habit of not disturbing roots while plants are in bloom. I may be way off base.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: cc
north western Pa.
Jan 26, 2015 1:53 PM CST
ty very much. not a bad idea !!!!!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jan 26, 2015 1:54 PM CST
Hyacinth bulbs are rather small..I would wait till the bloom stalk is done and over with, cut it off and move the bulb to soil, if it is still too cold for you, put it in container. Then allow the leaves to continue to grow so it will return the energy back to the bulb for next season again. Wait till the leaves naturally dies off before cutting it off. Pretty much, after its bloom time and leaf die off, it will just sleep again. May or may not return next season, just depends how much energy it has returned back to the bulb. So sometimes people just toss them out and buy new ones.
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Jan 26, 2015 3:53 PM CST
>> it is now top heavy

Once I brought a big stem of lilies inside, with multiple blooms. It was hugely top-heavy!

So I found a big metal coffee can (Three pounds? Five pounds?) That can is 10-12 inches in diameter.

I set a fairly narrow glass vase inside the big coffee can.

Then I filled the can, around the vase, with small stones and pebbles. The vase is wedged in so tightly that it can't budge.

The vase supported the plant stem, and the can held the vase steady. I did have to wedge some supports around the stem so it stood up straight instead of leaning.

That gave me such a wide, heavy base that the tall plant couldn't tip it over. But it was very heavy!
Name: cc
north western Pa.
Jan 27, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Ty to all of you who responded. I appreciate your hints as i am somewhat plant challenged. lol
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jan 27, 2015 1:32 PM CST
You can plant your hyacinth bulb out in the garden after the flowers are finished. Just cut off the flowering stem, and plant the bulb about 4in. deep with the leaves still above ground of course. Let the leaves grow and make a new bulb as long as they are green. A little fertilizer or bone mean will help when you plant it, but not absolutely necessary.

It may not bloom next spring, because it was "forced" to bloom early this year. But it will certainly bloom the year after and probably for years to come after that. They usually bloom in March or April up in your neck of the woods.

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