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Re: Oleanders/hummingbirds--Hyacinth experiment/Amaryllis

As Ceres said, usual instruction is to discard. 2 reasons for Hyacinths:
First, they've used up all their stored energy for the current bloom and have had no nutrients in the water to store up energy for next year. That's why, if you do plant it there is often no bloom that first year. Second, Hyacinths, even when planted directly in the ground in fall, often in a few years revert to their ancestry and end up looking spindly compared to the first time you saw them bloom. These Holland-bred bulbs produce fat flowers that barely resemble the species they went to work on.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Oleanders/hummingbirds--Hyacinth experiment/Amaryllis

In a message dated 2/24/06 9:11:59 AM, wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:

  Now I'm wondering, since this bulb was grown in a bulb vase,
how do I preserve the bulb for next year?

Bonnie, I think usually they tell you they are not good for planting in the
garden after forcing however I always plant mine outdoors & may not get a
next yr but the following year it will. Our botanical center has used plant
sales (plants taken from the dome displays) which include lots of bulbs at
a very small cost and I have gotten many bulbs from there with the same

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