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How to Grow Hyacinth Flowering Bulbs


Purple Hyacinth Flower and plant

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

Plant Propagation:

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:

White Hyacinth flower

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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Single White Hyacinth


Hyacinth Pictures -Growing Hyacinths brings a great reward- beautiful hyacinth flowers and a wonderful scent.


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