Muscari (Bulbs)

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Muscari (Bulbs)

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It takes several years for the seeds of Muscari to mature enough to produce flowers. Due to this lengthy wait, most of us simply purchase grape hyacinth bulbs and install them in fall for spring blooms. Patient gardeners can save a buck by procuring grape hyacinth seed pods and removing the three seeds produced by each flower. The ripe pods will swell once the seed is ripe and split open and it is an easy project to squeeze them out. Once sown, plants will result but they won’t bloom for 2 to 3 years. The delicate strappy foliage will still provide coverage for exposed soil areas and support moisture retention and weed suppression. In time, you will have a carpet of the tiny purple clustered flowers. When to Plant Grape Hyacinth Seeds There are two ways to plant grape hyacinth seeds. You can start them indoors or plant them outside in a cold frame. If you are starting plants outside and using nature to provide the required chilling period, fall is when to plant grape hyacinth seeds. Muscari seed planting that takes place indoors can commence at any time after you have chilled the seeds in the refrigerator for at least three months. This mimics the natural chilling period the seeds would have received over winter. Grape hyacinth freely reseeds itself, so some gardeners clip off the dead flowers immediately to prevent spreading plants. Avail yourself of this tendency amongst your friends and family and try growing your own grape hyacinth flower seeds. Muscari Seed Planting After you have taken the seed from grape hyacinth seed pods, you can plant them immediately in cold frames outside. Use well-draining soil in small pots or flats. Sow seeds on the surface of the planting medium with just a light scatter of soil to hold seed in place. Water lightly. Keep the soil moderately moist but not soggy, watering sparingly in winter. Open the lid of cold frames in spring and let the little plants acclimate to outside conditions. You can continue to grow them in the cold frame or transplant them carefully the next spring. Start seeds indoors in flats after chilling in late winter to early spring. Cover the flat with a clear lid until you see the little sprouts, generally in 6 to 8 weeks. Remove the cover and keep plants lightly moist in a brightly lit area. Transplant them after hardening off when they are a year old and soil is workable. In another year, you should see the vividly colored, tiny bluebells carpeting your garden beds.

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Grape hyacinths are a beautiful addition to any garden. Though not actually a hyacinth (they’re a type of lily), they bloom in delicate, hyacinth-blue clusters of blossoms that resemble bunches of grapes. They give off a delicious fragrance and add an unmistakable touch of spring to your garden or kitchen counter. If you want to start growing grape hyacinth, or want to expand your collection, propagating grape hyacinths is very easy. Keep reading to learn about propagation from grape hyacinth bulbs and grape hyacinth seeds. Muscari Propagation Propagating grape hyacinths is so easy, it may not take any effort at all. You can propagate Muscari grape hyacinth from either seeds or bulbs. Grape Hyacinth Seeds When your grape hyacinth is done blooming, it will drop its seeds. By the spring, with any luck, these grape hyacinth seeds will have become their own plants. If not, you can propagate Muscari grape hyacinth by saving the seeds. Remove the dried seedpods from the plant, harvest the small seeds inside and lay the seeds on a damp paper towel in a not quite sealed plastic bag. Place it in the refrigerator for a few months to allow them to sprout. You can then plant the seedlings in containers until large enough for the garden. Likewise, you can sow the seeds directly in the garden. Be aware, though – grape hyacinths reproduce very easily and quickly, meaning they could spread all over your garden (and yard) if you don’t pay attention to them. Try planting them near a brick or concrete walkway to create a border they’re less likely to cross naturally. Grape Hyacinth Bulbs If planting the seeds is not for you or if you simply want to transplant

t takes several years for the seeds of Muscari to mature enough to produce flowers. Due to this lengthy wait, most of us simply purchase grape hyacinth bulbs and install them in fall for spring blooms. Patient gardeners can save a buck by procuring grape hyacinth seed pods and removing the three seeds produced by each flower. The ripe pods will swell once the seed is ripe and split open and it is an easy project to squeeze them out. Once sown, plants will result but they won’t bloom for 2 to 3 years. The delicate strappy foliage will still provide coverage for exposed soil areas and support moisture retention and weed suppression. In time, you will have a carpet of the tiny purple clustered flowers. When to Plant Grape Hyacinth Seeds There are two ways to plant grape hyacinth seeds. You can start them indoors or plant them outside in a cold frame. If you are starting plants outside and using nature to provide the required chilling period, fall is when to plant grape hyacinth seeds. Muscari seed planting that takes place indoors can commence at any time after you have chilled the seeds in the refrigerator for at least three months. This mimics the natural chilling period the seeds would have received over winter. Grape hyacinth freely reseeds itself, so some gardeners clip off the dead flowers immediately to prevent spreading plants. Avail yourself of this tendency amongst your friends and family and try growing your own grape hyacinth flower seeds. Muscari Seed Planting After you have taken the seed from grape hyacinth seed pods, you can plant them immediately in cold frames outside. Use well-draining soil in small pots or flats. Sow seeds on the surface of the planting medium with just a light scatter of soil to hold seed in place. Water lightly. Keep the soil moderately moist but not soggy, watering sparingly in winter. Open the lid of cold frames in spring and let the little plants acclimate to outside conditions. You can continue to grow them in the cold frame or transplant them carefully the next spring. Start seeds indoors in flats after chilling in late winter to early spring. Cover the flat with a clear lid until you see the little sprouts, generally in 6 to 8 weeks. Remove the cover and keep plants lightly moist in a brightly lit area. Transplant them after hardening off when they are a year old and soil is workable. In another year, you should see the vividly colored, tiny bluebells carpeting your garden beds.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Muscari Seed Planting: How To Grow Grape Hyacinth Flower Seeds https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/grape-hyacinth/grape-hyacinth-flower-seeds.htm

some grape hyacinths to another part of the garden, you can also propagate your grape hyacinth bulbs. Dig up a cluster of plants and carefully separate the bulbs underneath. They should actually come apart rather easily and there will likely be lots of offset bulbs to pick through. Choose the healthiest. Plant them where you wish, and they should start spreading from their new spots, giving even more of the pretty little plants next season.

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