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Mudflower: Breeding Muscari Grape Hyacinth


A few years in the past I taught myself develop grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum from seed.  Rising grape hyacinth from seed was very easy, and really value efficient, however took much more time than rising from bulbs.  I discover that grape hyacinth take about 2 years to flower when grown from seed, which actually is not too lengthy to attend contemplating how little area they use.

I’ve grown just a few totally different generations of them since then and am beginning to get some strains which might be segregating.  Yearly I feel I should purchase some differing types, however I by no means do.  I planted seed from common blue grape hyacinth and picked up seed from these seed grown vegetation.  It seems that these spring bulbs carry some genetic variety.

Seed grown grape hyacinth muscari flowers

As you’ll be able to see above, some vegetation have gentle colored flowers, whereas others have a lot darker flowers.  These do not seem to lighten or darken as they age, what you see is what you get.  These vegetation had been the identical age and rising facet by facet, so it’s unlikely to be brought on by environmental components.

At this stage none of them seems considerably roughly vigorous than the others.  If I ever get a extra vigorous line that produces extra flowers per bulb, or bigger flowers, or one thing attention-grabbing I’ll seemingly develop out that line additional.

I actually just like the scent of grape hyacinths, and am but to search out any vegetation which have roughly perfume than any others.  I’d be prone to choose strains which have a stronger scent if one ever seems in my backyard.

My children like choosing spring flowers

 

My children love to select these flowers.  Usually if I had been saving seed I’d discourage choosing, however muscari appear to set some seed even after they’ve been picked and stored in a tiny vase.  

Selecting the flowers seemingly reduces the variety of seeds which might be produced, however I typically get just a few seed pods per flower stalk so this by no means bothers me an excessive amount of.  If I ever purchase one of many costly varieties to make use of for breeding then I could care slightly extra, however till then my children can choose and benefit from the flowers.

Muscari grape hyacinth breeding

If you happen to plan to develop grape hyacinths do try to be slightly cautious.  Below the proper circumstances they’ll unfold, each by producing quite a few bulbs in addition to dropping seeds.  I do not know if they’re unlawful to develop in any state, all I do know is they’re alright to develop in NSW.

I just like the look of grape hyacinths, and the scent of them, and the bees appear to take pleasure in them in early spring/late winter, they usually take subsequent to no effort or area to develop, so I’ll continue to grow them for now.  As you’ll be able to see beneath my children take pleasure in choosing spring flowers for the desk.

Spring flowers

Grape hyacinths and different flowers

Whereas bulbs are sometimes bought, only a few locations promote grape hyacinth seeds for some purpose despite the fact that they’re easy to develop.  I gather seed annually and promote seed, I additionally plant any of the seed that does not promote.  In case you have these rising close by you could possibly gather the seeds your self, or you’ll be able to look on my on the market web page in case you are .

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