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Re: HYACINTHS


Patricia
I don't know for sure.  Sometimes they are offered singly, sometimes in sets
of 3.  Sometimes they are sold with the bulb.  The prices I've seen in
recent years have been quite a bit higher than I remember, but Touch of
Nature in GA has the Netherland Bulb Hyacinth glasses (opaque - sort of
takes the fun out of it) for $5.95 and Van Bourgondien appears to have the
clear ones, but I can't find the price.

You can make your own.  The principle is the same as starting a swet potato
vine, but I wouldn't use toothpicks to hold the bulb abobe water.  A
recepticle to hold the water and some sort of ring to suspend the bulb above
water.I have on made of transparent plastic shaped like a regular terra
cotta pot with a plastic insert that suspends the bulb.  I also have a glass
one.

It's up to you to decide whether it's a good investment.  You'll have it for
many years unless you break it.  Bulbs forced in this manner won't recieve
the nutrients that those in the ground do, so you should most likely discard
the bulb when done.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 11:21 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] HYACINTHS


> I looked at some today but didn't know if they were a good buy or not...
> what should I expect to pay for them?
> Patricia
> zone 6b
> western Oklahoma
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 1:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] HYACINTHS
>
>
> > Chris,
> > I just buy the same hyacinths I'd put in the ground - that's why I
> > refrigerate. One more note about forcing without soil for those who have
> not
> > done it before.  Hyacinths are top heavy when in bloom so if  they
aren't
> > well balanced they can tip over (the bulb & flower, not the glass).  So
it
> > is helpful to turn the glass occasionally if you are depending on a
light
> > source that is from one side.  There are at least 3 sizes of bulbs
> generally
> > offered for sale, I usually stick with the medium size.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Chris" <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 2:13 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] HYACINTHS
> >
> >
> > > Dear All,
> > >
> > > I buy the bulbs sold for forcing. No dark or cold period are needed.
> > > Just provide water in a bulb vase, a flower pot (without a drain) or
> > > decorative container filled halfway with pebbles.  Sit the bulbs on
the
> > > pebbles and pour some more around the bulbs if they need support.
Then,
> > > fill with water up to where the bulb touches the pebbles.
> > >
> > > Christine Petersen   Northport, Long Island, New York    Region 4
> > > Zone 7
> > >
> > > -
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