Dead Hyacinth?

GardenWannabe007April 1, 2013

Hi, I have planted a number of Hyacinths. All are well except two, that look like in the picture. Leaves are green but flower pads are black and have stopped growing. What is this? Can I fight it?

Thank you.

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Hyacinth leaves and stems touched by late spring frosts may show small brown spots that later merge into blotches. Then, sometimes the leaves split and look ragged. Prevent this by spreading a 2 inch layer of mulch over hyacinth bulbs right after the ground freezes.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 9:44PM
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The bloom stalk this short is often caused by a combination of cold with sun. I used to force Dutch bulbs in my flower business, and we controlled how tall they were by manipulating temperatures/ light. The flower pads? The petals I assume you mean? They don't look black to me on my monitor, but dark purple, and healthy. They should open soon but may be quite short this year.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 10:28PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

first off.. that is purple.. and will be a purple flower ...

and ALL my hyacinth look like that as they emerge.. the purple ones, of course ....

as the soil warms.. they will extend..

your only problem.. IMHO ... is your spring fever...

the only other thought.. is that somehow a couple got planted deeper than others ....

nothing to FIGHT.. just relax.. it is good to have a few that are a little slower.. to extend the show ...

let us know if i end up wrong... i enjoy the taste of crow.. lol ..


    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Thank you all for the advice, indeed I feel silly posting this now (notice the wannabe part of my username... :) ). Indeed they are violet ones now that you mention it, and winter was long and cold so maybe some where slower to bloom. Will wait it out.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 2:44PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

No need to feel silly. We were all beginners at one time.

Enjoy learning in your garden!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 7:25PM
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