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Dutch Hyacinths

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From: Patricia O'Tuama
Bolingbrook, IL
I have a bright pink Dutch hyacinth I planted in my back garden 15 years ago. It blooms every year in April and has made two offsets. Several other bright pink hyacinths have subsequently began blooming in this same general area, the closest is 8" away, the farthest is 36" away. Do hyacinths produce seed that is capable of growing other hyacinths? There are now seven distinct plants with four offsets. I don't think this is a case of squirrels redistributing offsets. We have a garden bench very close to the original bulb where I often go to read and I would have noticed if something had dug up any of the bulbs. Thank you.

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From: James Schmidt
Extension Specialist, Home Horticulture/4-H
Department of Crop Sciences
It is unusual for hyacinths to reproduce by seed but not impossible. However, for that to occur, you would have had to leave the ripening flowers/seeds on the stem. Assuming no one planted any other bulbs, and animals did not intervene, these are probably the result of seeds.

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