are my hyacinths flowering in the crown of the plant with no stalk?
This is the second year this has happened.
problem with failure of hyacinths to produce their normal long stem
is usually lack of sufficient winter chilling while the bulb is
dormant. Most hyacinth bulbs sold in garden centres are produced
in cool-climate areas, so in mild parts of the country it's quite
common for them to flower with good stems in the first year after
planting, then perform poorly in following years.
You can sometimes overcome
this by lifting the bulbs each year once they've died down, drying
them off and keeping them in a very cool spot for several weeks
before replanting. You can even put them in the fridge, although
they can be adversely affected by vapour given off by some fruit
Gardener, Issue 154, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.