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    Default Mouldy Hyacinth Bulbs

    Please would someone be able to tell me what I've done wrong with my hyacinth bulbs? I planted them in wet compost in a tub with no drainage holes (Beechgrove Garden said I could do that) and then wrapped them in a black bin liner and put them in the garage. I checked on them yesterday and they have gone mouldy What did I do wrong and do I have to just throw them away now? Thanks for any advice given.

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    I know nothing about flowers but the only thing I can find is that the bulbs have to be marked "Prepared". I have no idea what that means apart from maybe treated against mould/rot.

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    Do you mean wringing wet or just damp compost? Sounds like they were too wet ............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    I know nothing about flowers but the only thing I can find is that the bulbs have to be marked "Prepared". I have no idea what that means apart from maybe treated against mould/rot.

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    They're "prepared" so that they come into flower early for Ch****mas rather than their normal time in spring.
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    Default Mouldy Hyacinths

    Please can someone offer me some advice. I've recently planted some hyacinths, trying to get them to flower for Christmas. I put them in a bowl, in wet compost (as it said it said I could on Beechgrove Garden), I then put them in a black bin liner in the garage. I went to check on them yesterday and there is a mould layer on the parts of the bulbs that you can see. What did I do wrong and do I need to throw these away now? Thank you.

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    If it's just mould and the bulbs are not actually rotting you may be able to rub the mould off gently with a damp cloth. As VC says, likely they are too wet. If water runs through your fingers when you squeeze a handful of compost it is too wet. I presume you are using bulb fibre, not MPC?

    Carefully take the bulbs out of the bulb fibre, squeeze out any excess water, and repot, being careful not to damage any roots that have started to grow. If you have nowhere dark and cool to put them without putting them in black plastic, don't cover them too close, leave lots of room for air in the bag.

    I prefer to pot hyacinths in JI in a plant pot with holes and a saucer underneath, then I know I won't over-water. Then they go outside in my meter cupboard where it's dark and cold, but airy, till they start to grow.
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