Stock Number: 9384

Description: Dark blue bulb or hyacinth, root forcing vase with rough pontil. English C1850. Click on image for more information.

Dimensions: 7 1/2" (19cm) tall.

Price Code: A

Additional Information: The Ancient legend goes, that the beautiful Greek youth Hyacinthus was loved by the God Apollo and also by the poet Thamyris. (The first man to woo one of the same sex), Apollo did not consider him to be a serious rival. However The West Wind also loved him and was a more dangerous rival. One day when Hyacinthus was being taught to throw the discus by the god Apollo the insanely jealous West Wind turned the discus in flight and it struck his skull and killed Hyacinthus. The beautiful flower growing where Hyacinthus' blood fell had his initials in the petals and so it was given the eponymous name of Hyacinth. Hyacinths have been grown commercially since the late 1500's. Hyacinth vases or root forcing glasses have only been recorded as far back as the mid 1700's and it was noted in records of the time that Madame de Pompadour had a large collection in 1759. They come in many shapes and a wonderful variety of colours and we show a few examples here. Instructions for forcing Hyacinths. 1. Fill the vase with water leaving the bulb just clear of the water. 2. Place the vase and bulb in a cool, dark, ventilated place. Allow 12-14 weeks 3. When the sprout is about 3" high bring into a warm room in subdued light. When the flower begins to show colour place in a cooler lighter spot to prolong flowering. 3. Maintain the water level to cover at least 3/4 of the beautiful root system and enjoy the beauty and fragrance.

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