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by DAISYSMURF on May 10, 2005 04:21 AM
Hi. Before I found thid website I was gardening and cut back the green foliage of a hyacinth bulb. This website says i should have let it die back naturally. Have I killed or damaged it?

Also, how do I keep a sweet william from toppling over? Do I stake it of just keep it trimmed?

by Francine on May 10, 2005 04:27 AM
Hi daisysmurf,

i like the name you chose,makes me think of daisymae,my cat.

to answer your q.,i dont know.

But a big welcome to the site and i m sure there is a lot a good people that could answer you,we ve got a lot a good gardners,you ll see.


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by DAISYSMURF on May 10, 2005 04:29 AM
Sorry I posted this message like 3 times, but I kept getting an error message and didn't think it went through!
by Fernie on May 10, 2005 04:34 AM
I think if you cut the leaves, you will probably still get a hycinth next year but it will be smaller and not near as pretty. It is ok to cut the leaves back, once they turn yellow after the flowers have died and been dead headed. The leaves feed the bulb and get it ready for next years flowers. So don't worry, just next year give the leaves time to turn yellow before cutting them back.

As to the Sweet William, I haven't a clue. I am pretty new at gardening and don't know a whole lot about it. Someone should be along later with information for you. There are some real masters here.

Oh and welcome!


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by loz on May 10, 2005 04:46 AM
You really shouldn't cut the leaves on any kind of bulb--just let it die down.....I'm not sure how well yours will come up next year without the foliage on them to absorb the sun..... [dunno]

Sweet Williams shouldn't get tall enough to topple mom grows them every year and she doesn't do anything special to them at all......make sure you deadhead any spent flowers, and when you plant them make sure they are firmly in the ground and they should be fine...... [thumb]

Welcome to the forum, glad to have you here.. [grin]

laura [wayey]
by catlover on June 15, 2005 04:13 AM
pcgraves response:

[wayey] Hi, from what I've read about the sweet william (or Dianthus as it is sometimes known) it grows about 18 inches tall and you should keep the dead flowers picked off to encourage further blooming. I can't find anything about them toppling over but I don't think staking it will harm it. There are items made for tall flowers called flower stakes; it is a long stiff wire type stake with a loop at the top made for holding up the flower. You might check at your local nursery or go to www.michigan and in the accessories group look up plant supports.
Now for the hyacinth. I don't believe you killed it. I have daffodils all over my yard and they unfortunately [Eek!] get mowed down quite often. (I've really got to stop letting my husband cut the grass [Big Grin] )The biggest problem I have encountered is that in cutting down the foiliage before it dies is the plant usually won't bloom the following season. There is a method for "forcing" bulbs such as hyacinths to grow in pots indoors. If you can't find anything on the net I will e-mail you the info I have if you are interested.
I do hope I haven't been too "windy" in my response and that you find some helpful info in what I have written.

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by Tiger38 on June 16, 2005 05:22 AM
Hi all
Last year my DD sent me seed for 'tall' SW. When it came up this year it was at least 2 1/2 ft tall & it did 'flop' over. Had to stake it. Did well until the coyote decided to lay there! Hopefully it reseeded itself for next year.

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Margaret K

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