Growing hyacinth in a glass vase help please

Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86

Hi guys, I'm a  little bit confused here and wonder if you can help, we have bought some 'prepared' hyacinth bulbs and the small glass vases to grow them in, we've not forced bulbs before and not sure if we need to keep them in the dark at low temperature for a whille til the roots form or can they go straight onto the kitchen window cill? tried searching the internet but slightly conflicting advice there so over to the GW experts.

thanks in advance 

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    In a dark cool place for 10/12 weeks-you have it a bit late-put a bit of charcoal in the water to keep it sweet

    The bulb should not be in contact with the water

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86

    Thanks for that, as I said we've not done this before, so we'll have to go with better late than never,  when is the ideal time to start them off so we know in future and what stage should they be at before we bring them into the warmth and light, sorry for all the questions but just used to planting in the garden at the recommended time and letting nature do the rest

    Regards Norm

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Around September is best-to get them for Christmas flowering which is what a lot of people want-yours will now be later

    When the shoots are around 2 inches or so you can bring them into the light.

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86

    Thankyou

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I have mine in dark cupboard in kitchen. When the shoot at the top is about 1in showing bring it out into the light. Occassionally you

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    may have to top up the water like I need to here but not to touch the bulb with water. The shoot is just vsible but doesn't show in the photo.

    It's years since I have done this, my grandparents always did and when clearing out my mothers things found this one bulb vase so am giving it a go. They used to do it with me

     

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86

    Thanks, mine have just been dispatched to a cupboard in the garage,  I just saw them in the garden centre and thought they would be interesting to try, I love the scent of hyacinths. 

  • I think it's amazing that the bulb does not need to touch the water. The roots just know its there and grow down into it.
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    I usually grow these to flower in February or so, when the decorations have all gone, the days are dark and wet - then fresh hyacinths with their perfume just makes me realise how good life is and that Spring really will come!

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86
    Bookertoo wrote (see)

    I usually grow these to flower in February or so, when the decorations have all gone, the days are dark and wet - then fresh hyacinths with their perfume just makes me realise how good life is and that Spring really will come!

    sounds great, I find that Jan  / Feb are depressing times with the joy of xmas having passed  and that much needed burst of spring colour and light still a little way off, Think I've caught the bug for this as I've planted up some narcissus bulbs labelled as suitable for forcing this evening,  some in compost and some on glass pebbles in shallow bowls no idea if it will work but enjoyed a bit of indoor gardening

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    You need some snowdrops and some of the earliest crocusses (is that the plural of crocus?) and some aconites. Then some sarcococca and winter honeysuckle and viburnum for scent. a few coloured stem dogwoods to show when it snows and you'll never be without something to cheer you up. Winter's lovely in the garden even if the days are short.

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