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How To Grow Hyacinths

How To Grow Hyacinths

Hyacinths are great flowers. They have a pleasant fragrance, and they are easy to grow.

Hyacinths have a range of colors from pink to traditional purple, blue, white, deep red, and mauve. Hyacinths plants can be planted in front of garden borders for spring display. You can also plant hyacinths in pots for fragrant splash colors near your house.

How To Grow Hyacinths in 4 steps

Let’s dive into a step-by-step guide on how to grow hyacinths.

Selecting A Hyacinth

Hyacinths are available in various vibrant colors with different scents. You can choose a hyacinth to grow in the shade and perfume that you like.

Buying hyacinths to plant

Hyacinth bulbs can be bought online from late summer to autumn and from garden centers. There are two types of bulbs available there.

  • Bulbs available for spring flowering are perfect for planting in garden borders and outdoor containers. These bulbs can be brought indoors later in bloom.
  • Prepared bulbs are available in garden centers and have been heat-treated to be ready for flowering at Christmas or after that. These bulbs are treated with heat for early flowering. These kinds of bulbs are a bit more expensive.
How To Grow Hyacinths

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Perfect Time To Plant Hyacinths

  • If you want hyacinths to flower in March and April, then you have to plant hyacinths bulbs in early autumn. These bulbs can be grown in containers and borders.
  • If you want blooms for Christmas flowering, prepared bulbs are the best option to be planted in September. Prepared bulbs require 10 to 12 weeks to make good root and shoot.

Best location to plant hyacinth

The best place to plant hyacinth bulbs should have moderately fertile and well-drained soil, preferably in full sun, if they remain in the same place for a long time. Bulbs can be planted in partial shade, but they will bloom less well in the upcoming year if they remain there. The ideal place to plant hyacinth is in borders and containers near paths and the home entrance for perfect aroma.

How To Grow Hyacinths Outside

In the autumn, plant the hyacinth bulbs in groups. Before planting outdoor, clear the area of weeds and incorporate organic matter like recycled green waste, compost, and well-rotted manure into the soil. Cover the bulbs with soil. You don’t need to water these bulbs as long as the soil is moist.

How To Grow Hyacinths

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What to do when you do not have a garden? You plant your hyacinths inside!

How To Grow Hyacinths In Pots

Use multi-purpose compost when you’re going to plant hyacinth in pots or containers. Plant hyacinth bulbs 2” (5 cm) apart. For better results and flowering that come back year after year, use soil-based composed and plant bulbs a little further apart, 3″ (8 cm). Water the soil to keep it moist, but don’t flood it.

How To Grow Hyacinths Indoors

Place a layer of damp compost into the container – there is no need to add fertilizer. Hyacinth bulbs should be placed on the compost around the edges of the container. Put more compost around the bulbs so that the tips of the bulbs poke out, remembering to leave room for watering.

Black bin liners should cover your containers, which should be somewhere cool and dark – a temperature of about nine °C is ideal. Check them regularly and water sparingly for ten weeks if the compost appears dry.

Once the shoots have grown a few inches above the compost surface, bring the pots indoors and position them in a sunny, excellent location. Don’t place them over a radiator. It would help if you watered your hyacinths whenever the compost begins to dry, and they will bloom in 3 weeks.

Tip To Plant Hyacinth Bulbs

Hyacinth bulbs can irritate your skin, so be careful and wear gloves while handling them.

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