Every spring garden looks better with muscari / grape hyacinth. These cobalt blue flowers complement every other color and at just 6 to 8” tall, it’s easy to fit them into almost any garden or landscaped area. Muscari is better known as grape hyacinths. Muscari bloom in mid-spring, at the same time as tulips.
STEP 1 - KNOW
When you compare two Muscari bulbs side by side, it’s easy to see the difference in quality. The bigger the bulb, the more food that’s stored inside. A larger bulb will give you a stronger plant with more flowers
STEP 2 - PLAN
SUN/SHADE: Muscari can be planted in full sun or light shade.
ZONE: Muscari is winter hardy in zones 4-9.
WHEN TO PLANT: Plant muscari in the fall, anytime after the first frost and before the ground freezes.
WHERE TO PLANT MUSCARI
PERENNIAL GARDENS: Muscari is in flower when most perennials are still just waking up. Their compact height makes them ideal for planting at the front of beds and borders. They pair beautifully with tulips and other spring flowers. Muscari also grows well in rock gardens.
NATURALIZED AREAS: In Holland, muscari are planted by the thousands to create great swaths of color beside ponds and streams, beneath trees and shrubs, and in woodlands and grassy areas. They are ideal companions for daffodils and tulips.
POTS AND PLANTERS: Muscari grow well in pots and planters, either planted on their own or mixed with other spring bulbs such as daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths. After flowering, the bulbs can be transplanted into your yard or garden.
STEP 3 - GROW
- Loosen the soil in the planting area or fill a pot with the coarse growing mix.
- Plant the bulbs 2 to 3” apart and 3 to 4” deep.
- Cover the bulbs with soil and water if needed.
GROWING TIPS FOR MUSCARI
Muscari is inexpensive bulbs, so it’s easy to plant them in large numbers. Simply dig out an area, scatter the bulbs, and replace the soil.Muscari is extremely hardy and though they prefer well-drained soil, they will thrive almost anywhere. Once planted, the bulbs multiply readily and will return every spring for years to come.
STEP 4 - AFTERCARE
CARING FOR MUSCARI AFTER THEY BLOOM
Like other spring bulbs, muscari use their foliage to produce energy for next year’s flowers. After the flowers have passed their prime, let the foliage to continue growing until it yellows. In most cases, the foliage will just fade away. If not, once the foliage has yellowed, it can be removed with a gentle tug.
Unlike other spring-blooming bulbs, muscari sometimes produce foliage in the fall as well as in the spring. A flush of fall foliage gives the bulbs a second chance to gather more energy for next year’s flowers. Just let the foliage grow until it is killed by frost. New foliage will appear next spring.
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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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