Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:45
I hope that I might be able to draw out fellow members. Please tell us your experiences. Propagation and increasing stock. Lets start with bulbs. Be honest now. Did you know that the bulb of the hyacinth actually has it's flower stem etc already in place.. Test this one out. Take a hyacinth bulb. Now with asharp knife, cut it in half...downwards. Tip to root base. Now then take a look. You will see the layers of the bulbs makeup. Then at bottom center. What do you see. Hey! that looks like a tiny minature hyacinth flower. Correct. As far as Mike knows. This is actually the only bulb of any plant specie that has this marvellous aspect. As to thye posible colouration. This can be with discernment found inn th outer skin colouring of the bulb.
Another aspect regarding the hyacinth. If you are a bit short of the pennies, and still wish to increase your stock. Mind you. It takes a while. Take a hyacinth bulb, in it's dormant stage. Turn it upside down. You willobserve a ring from whence the roots will sprout. Now, carefully using a teaspoon, gently gouge out the center of the base of the bulb. Now plant the bulb in a pot. Not too deep. Don't worry if top growth seems slow. Be patient. When whatever top growth dies down. Lift the bulb. Hopefully you will be greeted by a ring of new bulblets. Plant these on and in time you wil have many more hyacinths.
Might I now refer to my favourite. The rose. So whether you have a single rose, or many. What do you do with all those cuttings...prunings. Do you simply bin them, sentence them to the bonfire? OK the books set out what the experts consider to be the creme' de la'creme' methods. Try this out. Believe me. It will save you pounds. No special skills needed. As you prune each rose. Grab hold of a bunch of cuttings. Find an empty pot or spot in the garden. Take out a hole. Plunge your bundle into it. Replace the soil, firm and leave. Oh yes, don't forget to label the site. Give it time. Look out for new growth. In time lift the bunch. Select the best rooted and replant seperately. OK it will take a year or two, but hey ho! you have aquired several new rose bushes. Bye the bye. This metod along with, placing cuttings twigs whatever in a slit trench is known as Irishmans cuttings. Go on test it out.