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Hyacinth care after flowering in water vases

My forced hyacinths flowered nicely in water vases and now I've cut off the flowering stem and left the leaves intact still in the vases. How do I maximise the chances of them flowering again next year? Do I need to use a liquid feed to help the nutrients go back to the bulb or just leave until the leaves go yellow and then plant outside. I have read that its not possible to reuse the same bulbs for subsequent years in water vases so plan to put them in the garden at some point.


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Hello Cosmiccarrot - I have always put mine out in the garden afterwards and they seem to do OK on following years.  Someone on this forum might be able to advise you about them flowering again indoors - I have never thought about doing that, but would be quite interested if anyone has done it.

  • I've had hyacinths flowering outside in tubs for the past three years and they're still flowering well - I give them a handful of chicken manure pellets and some potash after the flower heads have been removed and leave them in an out of the way spot in the garden, in the tubs until the leaves die down when I remove them from the compost and dry them off in the bottom of the mini greenhouse.  In the autumn I replant them in the tubs with violas etc in fresh compost .

    I hope that's of some help. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Many thanks for the helpful advice Forester2 and Dove.

    I was wondering if a liquid feed in the water vase after flowering might be beneficial until the leaves are gone before I plant them outside. I might try feeding half the bulbs and leave the others in just water and see if there's a difference when they reappear in the garden next year.image
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Sounds like a good experiment Cosmiccarrot and that is what gardening is all about.  

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