Grape Hyacinth
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Grape Hyacinth bulbs

Zone Lincoln, Nebraska 68502 | Anonymous added on October 21, 2018 | Answered

We have planted our grape hyacinth bulbs too early. They are now sprouting in containers on our back patio. My question is how to proceed. 1) Do nothing and try again next year 2) Plant new bulbs (if there is room). Thanks for your advice!

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MichiganDot
Answered on October 22, 2018

Grape hyacinths are sneaky. They push out leaves and then flower in spring. In fall, leaves once emerge to nourish the bulb. It does not flower in the fall so you will be just fine. My only concern is overwintering in containers instead of in the ground. Repeated freezing and thawing is a problem so once winter arrives, if they are staying outside, surround the containers with straw or bags of tree leaves. The goal is to try to maintain a consistent temperature. Being frozen doesn't kill a bulb unless it is dehydrated. Repeated thaws and freezes can cause damage.

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