How to grow muscari

How to grow muscari

Find out all you need to know about growing muscari, or grape hyacinths, in this detailed Grow guide.

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Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

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Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Grape hyacinths, Muscari, are small, spring-flowering bulbs with bright blue flowers that look like a cross between a bunch of grapes and miniature hyacinths.

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They look good at the front of a border, naturalised in grass or in shady places such as at the edge of a woodland or under deciduous shrubs. They spread easily and you might find them invasive, but if you love the colour, try muscari in window boxes and containers.

They look good at the front of a border, naturalised in grass or in shady places such as at the edge of a woodland or under deciduous shrubs.

Where to plant muscari

How to grow muscari - muscari growing with hyacinths and violas in a container
How to grow muscari – muscari growing with hyacinths and violas in a container

For best results grow muscari in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade.


How to plant muscari

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How to grow muscari – planting muscari bulbs

Plant muscari bulbs in autumn, in small clusters. Dig a small trench 10cm deep and toss in a handful of the tiny bulbs.


How to propagate muscari

Propagate by division when plants are dormant in summer. Dig up a congested clump and split apart into smaller clusters and replant.


Muscari: problem solving

Muscari are not affected by any pest and diseases.


How to care for muscari

Muscari don’t need VIP treatment and will spread quite happily once established. Lift and divide established clumps during summer when plants are dormant. This will keep plants healthy and vigorous and also helps to manage their spread.


Great muscari varieties to grow

How to grow muscari - muscari varieties to try
How to grow muscari – muscari varieties to try
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  • Muscari azureum – a Turkish variety with typical flowers in a soft sky blue. It is slightly less invasive and The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM)
  • Muscari pallens – has soft translucent pale blue and white flowers
  • Muscari armeniacum – a vigorous species variety, growing to 20cm in height, with grass-like leaves and stems bearing spikes of white-tipped, deep violet-blue, egg-shaped flowers in spring
  • Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’ – has larger, double-flowered heads and looks good naturalised in grass with other spring bulbs or in containers