GRAPE HYACINTH Muscari paradoxum, Bellevalia paradoxa

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Bellevalia paradoxa is a bulb forming plant. It is formerly classified in the genus Muscari, under which name it is commonly sold as Muscari paradoxum. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant of the grape hyacinth class. It is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 7–9. It is best grown in relatively dry soil, in a sunny location.

It is native to Eastern and north-eastern Turkey and Georgia, in mountain pastures, fields, rocky areas, and meadows.

Type: Hardy Perennial

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 7-9

Note: These seeds and or plants are toxic if eaten.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds can benefit from a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:

Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds on the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.

Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall, winter, or early spring, while temperatures are still cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist.

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