>>>>> A while back I requested ID on this plant:
>>>>> and response was Tulip.
>>>>> It is doing well in pot, and producing what look like seeds. I am
>>>>> collecting these, and before I put time into growing them out, can I
>>>>> ask: Does a bulb plant like Tulip produce viable seeds?
>>>>> Inquiring minds...
>>>>> So Calif Coastal
>>>> Yes, that is how new varieties are created.
>>>> Bulbs ususally form pods with the seeds inside. You should wait until
>>>> the pod starts to dry on the plant before havesting. You might better
>>>> wait until the pod starts to split. If you don't wait, the seeds will
>>>> not be sufficiently mature to sprout.
>>>> Only allow a very few pods to mature. Seed formation often weakens the
>>>> bulb and might inhibit next year's flowers.
>>>> David E. Ross
>>>> Climate: California Mediterranean, see
>>>> Gardening diary at <http://www.rossde.com/garden/diary>
>>> Thanks to you, too, David. Yes, I have been waiting till the pods
>>> start to dry. Will keep an eye out for splitting, and not allow too
>>> many to mature.
>> In some cases, bulbs will actually reseed themselves. I have a bed of
>> grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) in my back yard under a peach tree.
> ***Surprised they would be happy under a tree which would shade them,
> at least in summer before tree loses leaves. Have I misunderstood
>> The flower stalks are short and very numerous, far too numerous for me
>> to dead-head them which would require me to go through the bed on my
>> hands and knees with my nose only inches from the ground.
> Sounds like good exercise <g>
> I now have > grape hyacinth coming up in other places, even in the
> decomposed granite
>> paths that wend through my garden.
> ***Now THAT is interesting!. Mind saying how many years this has
> taken to develop?
Yes, the grape hyacinths are under a tree, but it is not a large tree.
In the summer, I get much more sunshine and hotter weather that you do.
They seem to thrive with part shade.
They have been sharing space with primroses (Primula polyantha) for
about 35 years.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Gardening diary at <http://www.rossde.com/garden/diary>