Have a go at grafting hyacinth bulbs | Darwin would be proud

I have a dim memory from childhood that bulbs, particularly hyacinth bulbs, can be grafted together. If it really IS possible you’d have thought there would be more about grafting bulbs online… alas, a search turns up very little.

Cut two different colour hyacinth bulbs in half

Join them together

Tape them up

Plant them and wait

The only reference to grafting hyacinth bulbs that I can find online comes, surprisingly, from Charles Darwin’s book Animals and Plants Under Domestication:

“I should not have quoted the following case had not the author of ‘Des Jacinthes’114¬†impressed me with the belief not only of his extensive knowledge, but of his truthfulness: he says that bulbs of blue and red hyacinths may be cut in two, and that they will grow together and throw up a united stem (and this I have myself seen), with flowers of the two colours on the opposite sides. But the remarkable point is, that flowers are sometimes produced with the two colours blended together, which makes the case closely analogous with that of the blended colours of the grapes on the united vine-branches”

We will keep our fingers crossed here at Sheepskin Towers, hoping for some growth and perhaps even some multi-coloured flowers… I’ll post an update in due course!

8 thoughts on “Have a go at grafting hyacinth bulbs | Darwin would be proud”

  1. Did the grafted hyacinth bulbs work? I’m just about to have a go with my daughter. Apart from the Darwin quote I can find precious little information on-line. Thanks

        • Hi – unfortunately it seems to be a failed experiment. The whole Hyacinth bulbs are doing really well, with great root growth and good shoots. The pots of half and half bulbs have no noticeable root growth and no shoots. The bulbs haven’t started rotting yet, so we’ll leave them for the time being…

  2. I wonder if perhaps the timing of the graft has something to do with it. I’m trying this experiment this year when it comes time to force my hyacinths, but I plan on attempting the graft on dormant bulbs, and then on bulbs that have just barely begun to sprout. And I’ll let you know if I have any luck with either!

  3. I have not tried hyacinths, however am interested in grafting gladiolas. I cannot find any info on this. I however have a memory of an uncle who had a glad farm and grafted the bulbs to make special bulbs. I however was too small to remember anything except the beautiful gladiolas row after row in the garden. Any suggestions. Thought I would just split some and tape them together.


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