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Grape hyacinth bulbs help

Postby Zozzle » May 17, 2008 2:50 pm

Hi all. Our flowerbeds are infested with grape hyacinth bulbs. I can see that we have two options here -

1. Dig out all the bulbs (which will be a very laborious process and we're sure to miss a few thousand).
2. Mulch over the shoots with pine bark mulch and hope the shoots die off. I would imagine the bulbs will live forever underground though.

What should we do?
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 17, 2008 3:02 pm

Why are Grape Hyacinths a problem?
They are there for awhile in the spring, then disappear until late fall.
Wish I had more.
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Postby butterfly » May 17, 2008 3:15 pm

well, you can dig them up and send them off to me

They are a beautiful spring flower

Wish I had more too :o :o :o
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Postby Zozzle » May 17, 2008 3:43 pm

They're a plant we don't want in our perennial flowerbed. They are a very invasive plant and produce thousands of bulbs. In some other area we might like them as much as you do but not here. The question was, and still is, what's the easiest way to get rid of them?

We like them too but not in this particular location.
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Postby butterfly » May 17, 2008 4:06 pm

The only way I can think of to get rid of them is dig them up
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Postby Zozzle » May 17, 2008 4:32 pm

butterfly wrote:The only way I can think of to get rid of them is dig them up

Good idea. We're going to hold a Free Grape Hyacinth Bulb Day (dig your own!) at Maison Zozzle and notify the Grape Hyacinth Appreciation Society of Lower Canada as to the date. :lol:
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Postby A Closet Canuck » May 17, 2008 9:56 pm

I would clip off the foliage. In the fall, when the foliage re-emerges, clip it again. Same thing the following spring. Eventually, you will starve the bulbs.

Another way to get rid of them is to apply RoundUp to the foliage using a paint brush (to prevent damage to other plants in the bed).
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Postby Zozzle » May 17, 2008 10:02 pm

The Closet Canuck wrote:I would clip off the foliage. In the fall, when the foliage re-emerges, clip it again. Same thing the following spring. Eventually, you will starve the bulbs.

Another way to get rid of them is to apply RoundUp to the foliage using a paint brush (to prevent damage to other plants in the bed).

Great tips! We dug most of them out this afternoon and the rest got covered in mulch. We'll see how that works. If it doesn't then we'll try your tips.
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Wild grape hyacinth

Postby DMG » May 18, 2008 4:58 pm

You have a task ahead of you Zozzle. I think I belong to that club you mentioned by the way( of Lower Canada) LOL I have been removing wild ones from our lawn to a cottage area where I want wildflowers to grow in abundance. I think by using those I will have some luck according to your report. Good luck with your perennial beds!DMG
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Re: Wild grape hyacinth

Postby Zozzle » May 18, 2008 6:48 pm

DMG wrote:You have a task ahead of you Zozzle. I think I belong to that club you mentioned by the way( of Lower Canada) LOL I have been removing wild ones from our lawn to a cottage area where I want wildflowers to grow in abundance. I think by using those I will have some luck according to your report. Good luck with your perennial beds!DMG

Those things are all through my compost stockpile. Mrs Z is paranoid to use the compost now as we will be putting them back into the gardens that we have just (very laboriously) taken many of them from. I'm going to have to build a compost seive.

Hmmm I wonder if any of you would like these bulbs shipping to you?

A compost seive! There's a topic for a forum Search and maybe a question.
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