Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Have You Ever Seen This Before?

Our spring bulbs are way over their blooming period, and I noticed something interesting on one of the hyacinths. It looks like round seed pods on the spent bloom. I've never seen this before, so I am not sure if it is indeed seed pods. I had no idea hyacinths could even produce seeds, I always thought the bulbs multiply and that's how you get more hyacinths.
Here's a closer look at the pods.  What are your thoughts on this?  Are those seed pods?  I really hope so!  If so, I would love to collect them and try to sow them!

13 comments:

  1. Last year I saw that type of thing on some daffodils and found that they were seed pods, so I'm thinking those just might be.

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  2. Not sure! Mine are still blooming:)

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  3. I have had this happen in the past but never thought of saving them to see if they would turn to seed.

    Love your blog - It just keeps growing like your garden!

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  4. I bet they are seed pods. Maybe once they're ripe you can sow them and see what happens. Maybe a new hybrid hyacinth is in your future.

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  5. Many bulbs reproduce both via seed (sexual reproduction) and via offsets (asexual) reproduction. The seeds may vary greatly from the parent plants, as they may hybridize with others, but the plants propagated via offsets will be genetically identical to the parent plant.

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  6. Novagardener said it best-but the way I look at it, you're not out anything planting them and seeing what you get. Even though they might not look like the "parent" plant, you might get something fun and interesting. Give it a shot. And we'll be waiting for pictures next spring!
    :)

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  7. yes, they said it great. Sometimes these 'seed pods' will grow, sometimes they won't, but just like Sue says, you're really not out anything but some dirt and space (try them in pots to see if you like them), but I think since you've been saying you want to add to your bulbs, this is the answer to that; you took such great care w/love of them, that they're helping you out. Also, they may not grow these pods next year, or the next, but on the other side, they may produce them each year for you...they're a two-for (2 for the price of 1) and make them a bit more fun for 'science projects' (I LOVE lil science project like this, they're so fun)...consider yourself lucky, Mimi, not all will do this (they've never done it for me, grrr and I'm in Missouri), and sometimes depending on the plant and location and such, there's just no rhyme or reason to the whens or whys...but it's still fun!

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  8. looks like a fun experiment!

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  9. YES! Those are seed pods. Some will shrivel up - and they won't have seeds. The bulgy ones definitely have seeds. You'll just have to wait a while until the pods turn brown to open them. They take a while to mature. I'm waiting for mine right now - very excited!

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  10. I have a few of these things on mine. I was wondering what they were and Googled myself here. Thanks everyone for sharing... I'll wait for them to turn brown and see what happens when i plant them.

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  11. I have 2 that have produced these seeds this year! What do next? How and when do I sow them? Does anyone know anything about how I can do this right to produce new hyacinths? I'm terribly excited about this!

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  12. Super excited! I have about 15 of these plants and they are all loaded with these pods. They went from green to purple. Should I wait until they turn brown and then cut them off?

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