MysteryBulbShoots

You may recall that I found some bulbs of unknown type in the soil of my garden whilst digging around a few months back, and planted them in a pot to see what sprang up. See the original and follow-up instalments for the exciting story so far and photos of the bulbs themselves.

Now leaping from my pot I have a verdant array of green leaves, some stretching over 20cms tall and flopping over, but no sign of any flower stalks amidst those leaves. I can see from the pattern of plants that pretty much every single bulb has sprouted, so now I'm a little concerned that I packed them rather tightly into the pot, but we'll see what happens.

Any guesses as to what they are yet? Some people have suggested Grape hyacinth, but with just green leaves there's not much to go on. Do I need to do something special to get them to flower, or just wait?

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3 Comments

  1. I go for Grape Hyathinth too. I planted some on the ground in october and in a few weeks the leaves were as large as yours in the pot. Apparently, it is quite common that leaves grow in the autumn. It is one of my favourite bulbs, as it is the early food source of my favourite bee Anthophora plumipes. Watch our for the first females (and Grape Hyathinth flowers) at the begining of March.

  2. The bulbs of grape hyacinth look exactly like yours in some photos I found online!

  3. So it might be quite a long time before any flowers show. I don’t think I’ll see any of those bees unless I put the pot outside!

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