How to Grow Hyacinth Flowering Bulbs
A member of the Lilly family, bright and bold Hyacinths are quite the travellers.
We commonly think of Hyacinths as Dutch Bulbs, and therefore, originating
in the Netherlands. But, they really originated in Turkey. During the 1500's,
traders brought them back to Europe and they found a perfect home in the
soil and climate of the Netherlands. Later, they were introduced into the
United States, and quickly gained popularity.
Hyacinths are a beautiful and fragrant spring flowering bulb. There are many
varieties of Hyacinths. Colors include purple, blue, white, pink, and yellow.
They are also popular as a forced bloom in winter, brightening your home
or office. Keep active in gardening during the cold, snowy months by forcing
your own. Why should greenhouses have all the fun!?!
Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs
Hyacinth plants are grown from bulbs. Select quality bulbs, that have not
dried out. The larger the bulb, the bigger the plant and flower next spring.
Dig up bulbs after a couple of years. Separate and replant them.
Care of Hyacinth:
Growing Hyacinth plants is fun and easy. With just a little care, your Hyacinth
bulbs will bloom into beautiful, fragrant flowers in early to mid spring.
Plant Hyacinth bulbs in the fall. Plant about two to four weeks before the
ground freezes, to allow the roots to develop underground. Plant them 6-8
inches deep. Space plants six inches apart. Plant in groups for an artistic
effect. But, don't overcrowd them.
Sprinkle a little bulb fertilizer in the hole during planting. For established
beds, spread the fertilizer on top of the soil. You can work it in lightly,
but you risk damaging the bulbs.
Hyacinths will grow well in shade to full sun, but do best in bright sunlight.
We recommend staking the flower stems to avoid them bending or breaking in
strong spring breezes.
After they bloom in the spring, allow the plants to grow until the leaves
die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next
year. To remove the dead plant, either snip them off at the base, or twist
the leaves while pulling lightly.
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