how to grow muscari (grape hyacinth)

the graceful grape hyacinth (Muscari), which has been given its name, because its flowers are reminiscent of upside down grapes, has its origin in Turkey. The mostly blue to violet flowers appear between April and May, so it is an early bloomer.

Planting time

Pot them up in October

how to sow

The location for the grape hyacinth, Muscari is easily chosen. Whether alternating- or semi-shadow or in the direct sun – it doesn’t matter, everything is suitable. However, the place should not be too dark, as this would affect the flowering.

Thus you should choose one of the following locations for the graceful spring flower:

  • in a garden bed in the full sun
  • the bed can also be in the semi-shade
  • in a bucket on a sunny terrace
  • or in a balcony box
  • unfortunately, a balcony heading north is not a suitable location

Soil condition

A permeable, loose, humus-rich soil is perfect for the grape hyacinth.

Substrate

Generally, a normal garden soil, enriched with compost, is already sufficient for the grape hyacinth. Normal flowering soil can be chosen for the bucket planting. In this case, however, you should pay attention to quality, so the soil can remain in the bucket for several years and doesn’t have to be replaced.

Then the bulbs are inserted:

  • drill small holes at even intervals with your hand
  • a depth of five to eight centimeters is perfect
  • the bulbs are inserted about three times as deep as their size
  • arrange the plants in small groups of about ten specimens
  • not too tight, otherwise fungal attack may occur on the flowers
  • pour them

Watering

The Muscari needs sufficient water, especially if it is growing in a very sunny location. Water-logging should, however, be absolutely avoided when pouring. If the water remains in the soil, the flower bulb may rot, causing the flower to die. So on rainy days in the spring the rain water is sufficient. Only during a prolonged period of drought or in case of a bucket plant under a protective roof you must regularly water the plants.

Fertilizing

In contrast to many other plants, the grape hyacinth (Muscari) should only be moderately supplied with fertilizer shortly before and during the flowering period. It is more important to provide the soil with compost or other fertilizer after flowering. This way, the bulb remaining in the soil can store the nutrients throughout the year, so that it can shine again in full blossom splendor in the next spring.

Therefore, when fertilizing, proceed as follows:

  • mix some compost to the soil after flowering
  • take about two liters per square meter
  • alternatively use fertilizer for flowering plants
  • do not fertilize too much, because of the higher phosphorus content
  • using liquid fertilizer only once after flowering is completely sufficient

 


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