Muscari

Common name: Grape Hyacinth

Muscari armeniacum is related to Hyacinthus, these hardy dwarf plants are useful as cut flowers,for growing in rock gardens,for edging beds and borders, and as under-plantings for tulips, daffodils, and other taller spring blooming bulb plants.



There are many species of plants in the genus muscari, all produce spikes of blue flowers which resemble bunches of grapes, hence the common name.

Most grow grow to around 200-250mm (8"-10") high and flower in April and May.

After flowering allow the foliage to die back natuarally to ripen the bulbs in preparation for the following years flowers.

Once the leaves have died back they can be easily removed by gently pulling on them.

If there is any resistance when pulling on the leaves leave the task until a later date.

They naturalize quite easily in grassed areas.

Method:

Scatter the bulbs over the desired planting area then plant them 50-75mm (2"-3") deep where they land to give a natural haphazard look.

On completion, thoroughly soak the area with water.

Sometimes it can be somewhat difficult to determine which end of a Muscari bulb is the top.

If unsure, plant the bulb with the flattest side down.

Even if planted upside down the plant will sort this situation out automatically and emerge as normal.

Week 24: Every three or four years divide congested clumps and replant at once.

Wait until the leaves are yellow before lifting.

At any time from Week 26 plant out bulbs 75-100 mm (3"-4") deep and 75-100 mm (3"-4") apart in a sunny well-drained spot, setting the bulbs in groups or in single rows for cutting.

Add some grit to the planting hole if the soil is subject to getting quite wet.

Too much shade will increases leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

Alternatively, plant them in pots of potting compost, place up to a dozen bulbs in a 150mm (6") pot.





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