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Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

Whether the grape hyacinths (Muscari) are familiar to you or not, you will be in no doubt as to their magic when you see the flower bulbs that shoot out of the ground in the spring, providing very colourful displays in our gardens.

   
 
Armenian Grape Hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum

£3.50 *

Azure Grape Hyacinth

Muscari azureum

£4.40 *

Grape Hyacinth 'Album'

Muscari botryoides 'Album'

£4.40 *

Grape Hyacinth 'Helena'®

Muscari armeniacum 'Helena'®

£3.50 *

Grape Hyacinth 'Superstar'

Muscari botryoides 'Superstar'

£4.40 *

Grape Hyacinth 'Valerie Finnis'®

Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'®

£3.70 *

Grape Hyacinth Mixture

Muscari 'Magic Mix'

£10.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Grape Hyacinth

Therefore, they should not be missing, not even in the smallest flower garden. By nature, they are perennial and are great as undemanding, small flowers for beautiful flowerbeds or their borders. Bees love them too! All species of these plants bloom very well and are easy to grow. They will continue to develop regularly between April and May in high-contrast blue tones or, if desired, in clear white. The home of today's around 60 different types of Muscari is located in the Middle East and between Afghanistan and the Caucasus. Meanwhile, in our milder latitudes, some very vigorous varieties have come about, such as the Armenian grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum). Originally in the English gardens at home, this variety was introduced in Germany in 1877 and is now the most commonly planted Muscari variety among hobby gardeners. The best effect of this plant is achieved when several varieties of Muscari are planted in different sizes and different colours in a small group with spring primroses and dwarf daffodils - perhaps under a yellow flowering forsythia shrub. However, this perennial belongs to the asparagus family (Asparagaceae) and contains poisonous substances that can cause allergic reactions when they come into contact with the skin.

From intense cornflower blue and cobalt colours to the most delicate sky blue and pure white, the different Muscari types cover the entire spectrum of sky tones. Large and full clusters of cobalt blue flowers appear on the Muscari 'Valerie Finnis', which is named after the famous English gardener. Pure sky blue small, delicate flowers are shown on the Muscari azureum, and Muscari botryoides 'Superstar' flowers in an elegant cornflower blue colour with ivory white rings that get darker from top to bottom. Whoever wants to conjure white clouds on a blue spring flower bed can choose a group of pure white Muscari botryoides such as 'Album' to join together with the blue types. This is how the most beautiful spring sky dreams come true.

Which location is best?

Grape Hyacinth These blue spring ambassadors are ideal for planting in rockeries, in beds and other natural garden displays with the proper soil preparation. Basically, grape hyacinths can never get enough of sunshine, but they do not mind a bit of shade either. These plants are almost unpretentious in terms of soil conditions and they are easy to maintain. Summer-dry sites or even those between deciduous trees are ideal locations for these perennials. Above all, Muscari are suitable for designing colourful rockeries; with Muscari armeniacum thriving in any garden soil, for example. This variety is gladly planted because of its unique bloom, which is also ideal for borders in spring garden beds. If you want to create a splash of colour in the garden, you can plant the flower bulbs twice as deep as they are long into the ground. The distance between the plants should also be twice the length. Such a bedding border in the garden becomes denser throughout the years and increases its attractiveness as the plants age, without having to look after them.

Here is the colour spectrum of the different grape hyacinths:

Name

Height

Flower

Other

Muscari armeniacum

15 to 20 cm

Blue

Very dense clusters and leaves

Muscari latifolium

20 cm

Pale to dark blue

Light blue bonnets, very broad leaves

Muscari botryoides 'Album'

15 to 20 cm

Pure white

Small, tender and loose flower clusters.  Mid to late variety, popular as a cut flower.

Muscari azureum

15 cm

Sky blue

Beautifully small-flowered, with dainty lush green leaves

Muscari 'Valerie Finnis

10 to 20 cm

Cobalt blue

Large flower clusters and narrow leaves

Muscari 'Magic Mix'

10 to 20 cm

Light blue to dark blue

Mix of Muscari Blue Magic ®, Ocean Magic ® and White Magic ®

Muscari botryoides 'Superstar'

15 to 20 cm

Cornflower blue

Elegant clusters with an ivory white ring, getting darker from top to bottom

Muscari armeniacum 'Helena

15 to 25 cm

Medium blue

Clusters with white tips, four to five months flowering time

When and how to properly plant grape hyacinths in the garden

The best time to plant the bulbs into the ground is in autumn and ending in November. The soil is already cooled down a bit at this time, and no more mould growth will be caused by the newly formed roots having too much heat in the soil. Otherwise, the earlier you plant, the better, because most Muscari varieties are winter-green perennials and form their grassy, ​​long green leaves as early as autumn. The planting holes for the bulbs should be dug at a distances of eight to ten centimetres from each other and about six to eight inches deep. Heavy and strongly loamy soils become much more permeable after incorporating humus and sand, which ensures a long life for these lovely plants. At the beginning of March, the flowers of the early varieties will open; you will get to enjoy the later varieties until well into May. The well-known author and gardener Karl Foerster put it to the point: 'The flowering of the grape hyacinths alternates with the species for twelve weeks of spring, bringing the finest surprises.'

What should be done when growing these plants?

Although the early grape hyacinths work well with many other spring-flowering plants, they are most likely to grow alone and without outside intervention. They bloom for many years, even without much care. Additional fertiliser is possible, but not necessary – except perhaps for a bit of good compost. The leaves begin to turn yellow in early summer and should not be cut until completely dry. Should the self-propagation of the flowers not be desired, simply cut off the inflorescences as they begin to wilt, before the onset of maturity.

How can they be properly propagated?

The bulbs of the Muscari will begin to form smaller bulbs after one to two years. If the plant is carefully lifted out of the garden soil after flowering, e.g. at the beginning of the summer, with a digging fork, these bulbs can then be easily removed by hand and can be replanted at a different location in the garden at the beginning of autumn. In addition, the seeds can also be used for propagation. However, since the grape hyacinth is a cold germinator, the seeds must first be cooled for a few days at temperatures around freezing and then sown directly on the bed. But you must have a little patience with the young plants raised in this way since the vast majority of varieties only blossom after a few years.

Can pots and containers be planted with Muscari?

Containers and pots can be used without problems both for planting and for forcing the early grape hyacinths. This is also best suited for early autumn, as they still have enough time to develop, without having to maintain them constantly. A planter is rather attractive, especially when it is planted with several varieties of flower bulbs. This planting method is based on planting different types of bulbs in different layers. The particularly large tulip and narcissus bulbs should be planted centrally in the lowest layer and then covered with potting soil. Then place the small bulbs of the grape hyacinths in a circle and then fill up with soil. This is followed by another layer of soil, in which plant bulbs of different coloured or later flowering varieties are planted. Finally, cover with potting soil one last time. With a skilful combination of varieties a multi-coloured flowering landscape can be achieved that lasts over several months.

Our tips

When inserting the grape hyacinth bulbs into the ground, double-check that the tips actually point upwards. With a roundish bulb, one recognises the bottom of the root remains that have formed there.

It is also important to avoid hollow spaces in the planting hole, which cause the bulbs to lack 'soil under their feet'. Therefore, for safety's sake, water a little so that the soil can shift accordingly.

Care must also be taken to ensure that only healthy and bulging flower bulbs are planted – the thicker and more beautiful they are, the greater is the joy of wonderfully vigorous and colourful blossoms later on.

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