Bulbs forum: Can I transplant these hyacinth bulbs to other containers?

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Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Dec 31, 2015 11:06 AM CST
The pot I chose for these hyacinths seems to be too shallow - - the roots appear to be pushing at least one bulb slightly above the soil level. Should I just leave them (4) or try to move them to better suited containers. I can put them in the ground too if that's a better option at this point.

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(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Dec 31, 2015 4:43 PM CST
My hyacinths are doing the same thing. The roots are pushing the bulb up as they form. Look at this link I am posting. Scroll down until you see hyacinths in pots. She is forcing them and planted the bulbs that way. http://seedscatterer.blogspot.com/2012/02/hyacinths-rule-or-...
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Dec 31, 2015 5:40 PM CST
I see the same thing with my potted hyacinths. I gently push the bulbs back into the potting media, and have to do it several times. I once used decorative stones as a sort of mulch in the container to weigh the bulbs down and that worked fairly well.

It looks like the pot size is fine.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Orange County, CA (Zone 10a)
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maxcaviar
Jan 1, 2016 3:20 PM CST
ok, i will leave them then. there's really no room to push them downward without risk of damaging the roots.
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zooner
Jan 3, 2016 8:56 PM CST
I wouldn't push them down like that if I were u. You might damaged the roots..
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gemini_sage
Jan 4, 2016 6:13 AM CST
Didn't seem to hurt these...
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Jan 5, 2016 10:25 AM CST
Neal, if I force my hyacinth bulbs this winter, will they bloom again next spring 2017, if I plant them in the garden?
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jan 5, 2016 1:10 PM CST
They sure will Smiling Just keep watering and giving them good light until the foliage starts yellowing at the tips, then gradually allow them to dry. After the foliage is brown I remove the bulbs from the potting media and store them in onion bags in a dry place until fall. The bulbs in the photo above were some I picked up half price after Thanksgiving several years ago. The ground was already frozen so I forced them that first year, but they've been returning in the ground ever since.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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sallysmom
Jan 5, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Deebie, I am in zone 8b and as soon as it warms up a little I plant the hyacinths I forced in the house outside. I have them everywhere in the yard now.The first year they are out the bloom is not as full as previously but the 2nd year they are full and gorgeous.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Jan 5, 2016 11:46 PM CST
I appreciate this information as I am forcing for the first time this year. A win win situation! nodding
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Deebie
Jan 6, 2016 1:06 PM CST
Thank You! Neal and Sallysmom for confirming what Neal said. Thumbs up I've got some bulbs I need to get planted right now. They should have been planted.
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Jan 6, 2016 5:08 PM CST
Do you have the bulbs refrigerated?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Jan 7, 2016 9:21 AM CST
Yes I do. Well let me take that back. I just found one small package yesterday that wasn't refrigerated. Should I put that one in, and if so, for how long? Or, is it better to plant that one in the ground or container outside? What do you think, Neal?
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 7, 2016 4:06 PM CST
If you're ready to plant them I'd say go ahead. I'm assuming your area will be cool for the next 6 weeks or so? If so they'll be fine planted in the ground. If you pot them I would recommend either keeping the pot in the fridge or under mulch outside- if the pot freezes before they're rooted the bulbs will rot.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
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Deebie
Jan 8, 2016 9:04 AM CST
I'll plant them in the ground. They won't freeze there. And yes, it does stay relatively cool here. I'll keep records so that I'll exactly how to proceed next year. I'm a such a newbie at planting spring bulbs. Hence, the many questions. Thank You! all, for your patience in answering them and giving me the confidence to proceed and hopefully succeed.
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jan 8, 2016 11:39 AM CST
Deebie I'm right in there with you. Neal has such patience with bulb newbies and Annette and Marilyn are great enablers. Then William cheers you on from the sidelines. Last winter was my first foray into spring bulbhood. I'm anxious to see what returns this year plus how my forced bulbs will do. Jmorth is my inspiration. I appreciate all the bulb people. (As opposed to the pod people Sticking tongue out )
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sallysmom
Jan 8, 2016 4:11 PM CST
I plant all hyacinths in the soil outside. They always grow and bloom beautifully. If I buy some that have been forced from Walmart or some similar store, when they finish blooming I go ahead and plant them out unless it is extremely cold (20 or below) which doesn't happen that often where I live. The only thing I have done differently this year was to try to force some in soil. I read up on this on seedscatters blog (http://seedscatterer.blogspot.com/) since she does it successfully. I typed hyacinths in to the search box at the top of her blog and read all her posts. Hyacinths are probably the easiest spring bulb to grow.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 8, 2016 5:02 PM CST
Spring bulbs are great for beginners, especially hyacinths and daffodils because critters don't bother them. The first flowers I planted as a middle school kid were bulbs, and soon after my mother bought me my first gardening book that was all about bulbs, so they are near and dear to my heart Lovey dubby . Also being the first colorful blooms of spring, they're something so special to look forward to during winter.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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