Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gathering Dragon Fruit and Hyanciths

Today we decided to transplant the Dragon fruit roots. When we went to observe the seeds, they were falling off and the roots were splitting, trying to form leaves. We repurposed an old container, drilled holes on the bottom and the lid to allow for good aeration.

Materials Needed

Placing pebbles at the bottom for extra drainage 

Added perlite for another layer of drainage


Mixed in magnesium because it helps in photosynthesis

Hyacinth: a plant of the ancients held to be a lily, iris, larkspur or gladiolus

An early spring blooming flower

Hyacinth is a spring flower that smells delightful, with a lingering fragrance.  The array of colors can be white, blue, lavender, purple, pink, magenta, peach or yellow. 

Bulbs should be planted in early fall 4 to 6 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart, in a sunny, well-drained area. They need several months of chilling to coax the flowers out. If growing in water, only let the roots dangle into the water. Keep them cool and in full sun exposure during the growing season. Recommended temps are 45 to 65 degree F.

Ease of care: Moderately easy

Propagating hyacinth: By division and bulb sections.

Soil: Loose, well-drained potting mix.

Grower's tip: Keeping them cool will prolong the bloom


  • Vegetatively: 
Hyacinths may be propagated by removing the bulblets that have developed by the end of the growing season. Then stored in dry sand or earth until the next planting season, in late summer or early fall. It will take 2 to 3 years until they flower. 

  • Basal Plate Cut:
Hyacinths may also be propagated by making cuts in the bulb, which promotes the development of new bublets. Turn the bulb upside down, cut away the basal plate using a sharp knife, then make several V-shaped cutsarounf the edge of the bulb where the basal plate was removed. Leave the bulb exposed to the air for a few days to allow a protective layer to form, then bury the bulb upside down in moist sand. New bublets will grow from the wounds. 

Examples of basal Plate location 

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