Hello there -
A month or so ago I bought some flowering daffodil and hyacinth plants at the local grocery store. Well ... both were in ridiculous pots, and I wanted to repot them into larger, nicer pots. I read up on daffodils and found some people saying DON'T REPOT WHILE IN BLOOM, and others saying it didn't matter. So I took a chance. Well ... the whole plant died. So now it's April, and I have daffodil bulbs (haven't dug them out of the plant yet). What should I do with them? Dig them up and store them? Keep the soil moist and wait? I'm really not sure.
The hyacinth bulbs managed a bit better. The whole plant has not died. However the blooms died, it is not re-blooming, and the leaves are partially wilted and falling over. One possible factor in the hyacinth bulbs could be how I planted them; in the grocery store they were planted in the tiniest little bit of soil - just on the roots, with most of the bulbs exposed. I read that hyacinth should be planted 1" deep, so when I re-potted them, I did that. Perhaps the bulbs don't like having so much dirt on them? Any suggestions? If I won't get blooms on these 'til next year or so, that's ok. I just want to do the best with the plant that I can right now. Thanks for your help!
(Oh - there are little flies that look like fruit or drain flies which are loving my hyacinths. What are they? Why do they like the hyacinth? How do I get rid of them?)