Grape hyacinths planting time? Too late?

carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)November 29, 2012

Someone just gave us a whole box of grape hyacinth bulbs freshly dug up, lots of old leaf blades and new roots. The ground in coastal RI isn't hard yet. Do you think I can plant them this weekend and that they'll survive and bloom next Spring?

Carol

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

They will probably survive. Blooming is a bit more problematic, but they will bloom the next year.

They are definitely better off in the ground than anywhere else.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:57AM
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cloud_9(z5 CT)

Plant away. You are good to go until the ground freezes solid.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:24PM
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molie(z6 CT)

Plant them! I've even planted daffodils in December here along s. CT.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 7:24AM
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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

Thanks for the advice, guys. Yesterday (Sunday) I drove down to RI with the little bulbs and put them into the garden inside the rock edges in clumps. So now all I have to do is wait til spring. --and BTW what happened to the warm sunny Sunday predicted? It was cool, foggy, showery. (But all the ground was soft, the grass glowing green, the garlic shooting up prematurely. This is the dangerous month when I start foolishly planning large new garden beds because my back has stopped aching from last growing season.)

Carol

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:31AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Carol,
They'll be fine. I've accidentally dug them up at various times of the year and just thrown them back and they just grow and bloom and multiply. Even some that have self-seeded in the lawn often bloom before the first mowing, and they then get mowed all summer and fall, and still bloom every year. Sunday in Providence started out cool and foggy but later was sunny and dry and almost no wind, and here it was 60�. We worked in the garden for a couple of hours and it was very pleasant.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 5:56AM
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