Gardening

Speckled hyacinths


Question: Hyacinths


How do you treat faded jade? Where do they go and how should they be kept to make them flourish again next year? Thanks

Blanched hyacinths: Answer: Hyacinths


Dear Mariangela,
the hyacinths are bulbs resistant to cold, spring-flowering, which are very suitable for the wild, or they can be left in a flowerbed, in the ground, and from year to year they will tend to produce new bulbils, widening the flower stain . To allow the bulbs left in the open ground to develop at their best, it is always convenient to remove them from the ground, every 3-4 years, to remove the smaller bulbs and space the others, leaving at least 15-20 cm of space between each bulb, otherwise over the years, the bulbs tend to pile up too much and stop flowering.
They can also be grown in pots, but in this case, it is advisable to remove them, after the foliage has dried, and keep them in a cool, dry place, preferably not well lit, until the autumn. Even the bulbs in the flower beds can be removed, and kept until the autumn; hyacinths are planted in autumn, and not in spring, so that they begin to sprout as soon as possible at the end of winter. If you have the chance, you can also leave them in the jars, moving the containers into a dark and cool, dry area, such as a cellar; at the end of winter it will be enough to reposition the jars in their place. Even in pots, every 2-3 years, it is advisable to remove the bulbs from the ground, and sift them, keeping only the largest and healthiest ones, which will have to be repositioned well spaced.
This with regards to the position; as far as obtaining new large and colorful flowers every year, just know how the bulbs work. As we all know, bulbous plants store nutrients in special organs; these substances (generally starches or sugars) serve the plant to get a surplus of nourishment the following year, when it will have to bloom. So the thicker and healthier the bulb, the more beautiful and colorful the flowers will be. It is often thought that plants feed on fertilizer, in reality fertilizers are more or less like us vitamins and mineral salts, fundamental but complementary. The plants feed on chlorophyll photosynthesis, which is practiced by the green parts of the plant; therefore, to have large flowers, it is necessary that the bulbs are well, in order to have healthy bulbs, it is necessary that the leaves are best cultivated. So, even after flowering, we grow, water, fertilize the leaves of hyacinths, until they begin to dry up naturally, at which time we will suspend the watering, to allow the bulbs to enter dormancy.