Hyacinths

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Description

Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and borne in spring. The Victorians revered hyacinths for their sweet, lingering fragrance, and carefully massed them in low beds, planting in rows of one color each.

The loose to dense racemes of strongly fragrant flowers are closely packed with tubular-bell-shaped, single or double flowers.  As well as growing in the ground, colorful hyacinths are excellent for forcing in containers and some are available for early flowering indoors.

Hyacinth

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Hyacinthus

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Planting

  • Plant hyacinth bulbs in autum.
  • Plant the bulbs 4 inches deep and a minimum of 3 inches apart. At the northern limits of their hardiness, plant 6 to 8 inches deep.
  • Grow in any well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade.
  • Loosen soil and work in compost or bonemeal for fertility.
  • Set the bulb in the hole with the pointy end up.
  • After planting and covering with soil, water thoroughly.
  • If you are transplanting, water sparingly and then do not water again until flower buds appear the following year.

Forcing Bulbs

  • Bulbs may be forced into early growth for indoor display in winter. Plant them with the tips just showing, in soil-based potting mix in containers with drainage holes.
  • Keep in a dark place at temperatures above freezing but no higher than 45 degrees F, for at least 10 weeks to allow roots to develop.
  • When shoots are about 1 inch long, increase light and temperature gradually.
  • Water carefully, avoiding wetting the shoots or waterlogging the soil.
  • After flowering, forced hyacinths may be planted in the garden and they will flower again in subsequent years.

Care

  • Water hyacinths in the event of a dry autumn.
  • Protect container-grown plants from excessive winter moisture.
  • After plants are finished flowering in spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally.

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forgotten Hyacinth

I bought 2 bags of red hyacinths in the fall of 2015, and apparently forgot to plant them. I found them in our garage, with about 1 inch green sprouts. We live in NC, so what should I do to still enjoy them this spring? Thanks!

If your garage is unheated

If your garage is unheated you can now plant them in big containers and leave them in the garage until the ground is workable and you can plant them outdoors. Or you can move the containers outdoors when the weather allows it.

I received the most beautiful

I received the most beautiful arrangement of 50 hyacinths for my 50th birthday. Some were cut stems, others are bulbs, and they are submerged in water. The cut stems are starting to fade, so I removed the best ones to smaller vases, but I do not know what to do with the bulbs. They are large bulbs and magnificent blooms and I'd like to save them to replant. Do I remove them from the water? Plant them now in soil? Cut it back? Do I leave the roots in tact? I cannot find anything regarding a submerged bulb, but I know it will rot. I do not know when to cut it and what to do with the bulb. There are many bulbs.
BTW - the fragrance of 50 hyacinths is beyond description!

Wow! 50 hyacinths must have

Wow! 50 hyacinths must have been an amazing sight! Plant the bulbs in a container or containers with soil. The plants will bloom and then fade. The leaves will turn yellow and then brown. When the plants have died back you can remove the leaves and plant the bulbs outdoors. They need a chilling period before they will bloom again next spring. Leave them in the ground if you live in a cold climate. Place the bulbs in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 weeks if you live in a warm climate.

I purchased a Hyacinths from

I purchased a Hyacinths from Aldias that is in a glass vase with water. There are roots going down to the bottom of the vase. There are 2 tiny bulbs attached to the bottom/side of the original bulb with new leaves growing from these small bulbs.

The problem is that the large bulb is having trouble staying in the vase and keeps falling out as the small bulbs are pushing up on the large bulb.

How can I save all 3 of these bulbs?

Remove the plant from the

Remove the plant from the vase and place it in a bigger container with water or plant it in a container with soil.

Is there a chance to save my hyacinth?

My hyacinth was doing very EILL up until a few weeks ago, when I noticed that the emerging petals were turning brown and dry although the rest of the plant was, and still is, green and healthy. It got worse and worse and I didn't know what was going wrong, but this evening I touched the centre petals, which were now all completely dry and brown (almost like a pine cone in shape, colour and consistency) but the entire section fell off into my hands. I too, the plant to get a better view and saw grey fuzzy mound in the centre of the plant, which I removed, and I left the rest of the healthy plant back in its place. My question is this: is there any way that the plant can flower again next year' or is it completely dead? Also hat can I do to prevent this happening again? Thanks so much!

hyacinth plant

I got mine hyacinth flower with glass jar with water in it.can I take it and plant in soil now my bulb doesn't to stand in jar no more it keeps falling over.

Please see other questions

Please see other questions and answers on this page about growing hyacinths in glass jars or vases and then storing or planting the bulbs to have blooms next season.

I have the same question as

I have the same question as Mary Cobb. I did my best to read questions and replies. I went all the way to April 2014! Please help, now I'm overwhelmed with what to do with this beautiful, fragrant flower that I bought in a hourglass shape vase, the bulb is supported out of the water. Lots of long roots. But it is tipping way over. Anything I can do ? Right now I'm trying to prop it. Also, I don't have a place to plant outside. How do I keep it as indoor only plant. Do I try to find bigger vases to support them in water? Thank you.

You can move the hyacinth to

You can move the hyacinth to a bigger vase with water or plant it carefully in a pot with soil. The flower will fade and the leaves will turn brown. When the plant has died back you can remove the leaves and lift the bulb. Let the bulb dry and then store it in a paper bag. For it to bloom again it needs to be chilled for 8 to 10 weeks and then planted in fresh soil.

How to continue indoor growing of hyacinth

I recently received three hyacinth plants already flowering. Can I transplant each bulb into its own pot and continue to grow in the house?

Explanation

I have a violet hyacinth that I got one month back in a pot. I kept it outside and watered till it bloomed. Our weather her is about 20 degC at night and can reach 30 during the day. When the flowers turned brown, I cut the stem about 2 inches. From that day, the stems are not growing but the leaves are continuously growing to an extend I had to get a bigger pot ( leaves are 1 foot long). Should I keep them in the same condition? Or should I try something else?
Further, I got another three white a honey bees loved them. Just waiting to see if any flowers were pollinated or not!!

Hyacinths need a cold dormant

Hyacinths need a cold dormant period to be able to produce new blooms. Stop watering and let the leaves turn brown. When the bulb is dry you can remove the leaves and store the bulb in a cool place (refrigerator works) for about 8 weeks. Then you can plant it in soil again and start over. See more questions and answers on this page about how to store bulbs and how to get them to rebloom.

Flowers browning and shriveling

I bought two hyacynth flower pots from vrocery store and after a few days, the flower seem to be browning and shriveling up with one stalk leaning over a lot.

What do I do too, to help them be healthy again?

I live in Sunny Florida by the way.

Help!!

My gf bought me this with it in a vase and water only. One of the flower stalks is growing crooked and dying. How do I replant it? Do I cut that stalk off? This is my first time owning one and would love to keep it blooming.

Hi. I bought this plant from

Hi. I bought this plant from the market with the bulbs not yet in full bloom. A week after It grows and open full bloom but only lasted for a week then the flower started to dry out. What will I do then? When it will start to have a flowers again?

Thanks

Hyacinths will not rebloom

Hyacinths will not rebloom this year. Let the leaves turn brown and if you live in a region that has cold winters you can plant the bulb outdoors in the spring and it will bloom again next spring. See more questions and answers on this page about how to store bulbs and how to get them to rebloom.

I got mine the same way and

I got mine the same way and it's doing the same thing did you ever get any answers or what did you do?

Hyacinth gift

Someone gave me one of these bulbs in a little glass vase so I could see the roots down in the water. It bloomed, but now I don't know what to do with it. I live in Phoenix, AZ.

Leave it in the vase and let

Leave it in the vase and let the leaves turn brown. Then lift the bulb, remove the brown leaves and let it dry before storing it in a cool dark place for 8 to 10 weeks (refrigerator works well). You can then plant the bulb in the garden or in a pot. See other comments on this page.

hycinths

I live in zone 7. Last year my boyfriend got me some hyacinths. After they wilted I planted the bulbs in a pot with new soil and have left them outside since. Today we noticed that we have one inch shoots coming up out of the soil. What happened is it got cold, then warmed back up in the month of December, and we think they got tricked into blooming early. Now the weather is dropping to the 30s and Idk what to do. Should I just bring them inside with a sun lamp? Will it mess the timing up for them next year?

The hyacinth leaves are tough

The hyacinth leaves are tough and the flower buds are still safe inside the bulbs. The cold and snow is not going to hurt them. They should bloom fine when spring comes around.

Gardening in Cyprus

Interesting your planting tips on Hyacinths as I was always led to believe the bulbs should be planted so that just the root area was covered, now I know where I've gone wrong. When would be the best time to pot plant Hyacinths in a 500mm diameter plant container to get a Christmas display in Cyprus

Hyacinth planting time

I am in Phoenix, and the temperature doesnt go above 70 during the cold months should I plant hyacinths?

forcing hyacinths

I have seen hyacinths blooming in a special bulb vase with just water at the bottom of the vase.
I would like to force my hyacinths to bloom without the use of soil. What do you suggest?
Can I just put the bulbs in the frig for 10 weeks and then put them in the special vase and watch the roots grow and the flower bloom?

Yes, you can grow bulbs in a

Yes, you can grow bulbs in a vase with just a little water. See some of the questions and answers on this page for more information about how to do it.

Watering hyacinths

I was wondering if I am to water the bulbs during the 10 week phase in a cool dark place, or wait until I see shoots of 1".
Thanks,
Cindy

You can keep the soil moist

You can keep the soil moist but do not overwater. Just sprinkle a few times during the 10 weeks.

Hyacinth bulbs in zone 9

I have a hyacinth bulbs and I live in Zone 9. In my area it is common to refridgerate bulb perennials. Do hyacinth bulbs need a cooling period in a refrigderator or can they be planted normally into the ground?

Im still waiting

I have been waiting, 18 days still no response. Soon i'll give up hope and anticipation.

Plant the bulbs in pots and

Plant the bulbs in pots and keep in a dark place at temperatures above freezing but no higher than 45 degrees F, for at least 10 weeks to allow roots to develop. When shoots are about 1 inch long, increase light and temperature gradually.

I ordered red Hyacinth bulbs

I ordered red Hyacinth bulbs and expect to receive these next week. I want to force them so I can use them for my Xmas holiday tablescape.

Couple of questions: I understand from your website that I need to keep them cold for 10 weeks. I live in Los Angeles and the only place that is truly cold is the refrigerator. But I'm afraid that will kill them! What should I do?

Next, when should I plant them to 'force' them to be ready for Xmas? I am going to plant them in soil, not water so am unsure on the timing especially if I have to keep them cold for 10 weeks. I'll miss my window...

Finally, after they grow, can I transplant them into a different pot and still have them survive indoors?

All advice is welcome!

The bulbs need to be stored

The bulbs need to be stored in a cool dark place for about 10 weeks. You can put them in paper bags and keep them in a cool basement or shed or put them in your refrigerator. If you have room you can plant the bulbs in pots and then put them in cool storage. After 10 weeks they are ready to be placed in a cool room out of the sun. It will usually take about 3 weeks for the bulbs to develop stalks and buds. Move the pot closer to a window as the plant starts growing. After the hyacinths have bloomed and the leaves turn brown you can remove the bulbs from the pot and store the bulbs in a dry dark area until you are ready to force them again.

I live in Zone 5 and

I live in Zone 5 and currently have 3 Hyacinth bulbs growing in an outdoor pot. By now, all the leaves have died and it is almost fall. I'm relatively new to growing Hyacinths. Can my bulbs survive in the pot outside throughout the winter? Should I move them closer to the house to shade them from the snow? And do they need to be watered during this time, and how frequently? Thank you all for the advice in advance! :)

Your hyacinth bulbs should be

Your hyacinth bulbs should be planted in the ground to winter over and may bloom again in the spring.

I have some odd hyacinths.

I have some odd hyacinths. They bloomed this spring, and after the leaves wilted I plopped them 8 inches into the ground. Looking under my Hosta last week and what do I see? My the hyacinth bulbs blooming! IS this common and will they come back in the spring?

You have one amazing

You have one amazing hyacinth, Josh! No, it is not normal for it to bloom twice in one year. We suggest caring for it the same way as you did in the spring (waiting for the leaves to turn brown and die before cutting it back) and it should come back next year.

Depth of bulb

He said he planted his 6 or 8 inches down did I miss something?

Hyacinth Planting Bulb Depth

Yes. To plant a hyacinth bulb, you dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep. 

HELP! I planted hyacynth

HELP! I planted hyacynth bulbs in soil in the fall. The bulbs looked very healthy. They began to show in the early spring, but stopped growing and never flowered. The small amount of foliage they have is now droopy, yellowing and in general, looking very sad, which makes me sad. Do you have any idea why this might be happening? I should also mention that I mixed a decent amount of sand into the soil so that it would drain, and I have been giving them water only when the soil is dry.

I live in Zone 5, and they are planted in an area where they get sun from about noon onward. To date, we haven't had weather warmer that the upper 70s.

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to provide.

Hi Joanna, After the leaves

Hi Joanna,
After the leaves have turned brown dig up and examine the bulbs to make sure that they are still healthy. Hyacinths need as much sun as possible. Replant the bulbs in a spot that also gets morning sun. Add compost to the soil and after replanting the bulbs fertilize with liquid seaweed or fish fertilizer to help bulb formation for next year.

My daughter bought me a

My daughter bought me a hyacinth plant for Mother's Day and it has wilted. I live in NYC with no outdoor space and I do not have a green thumb! Any recommendations for how to preserve the plant and replant for next year - after leaves start to die back do I just store bulb in the frig and then replant? Since I live in an apt without a garden, not sure when or how to replant. Thx!!

I bought 3 hyacinths from

I bought 3 hyacinths from walmart for mothers day. They were in full bloom. We kept them in their individual pots for 4 days until we bought soil. We planted them and by the 2nd day the already started wilting. What happened? What do I do now?

I have a simple question but

I have a simple question but keep getting sent to the same sites that don't answer the question. Can you grow hyacinths from the seed pods?????

You can harvest the seeds the

You can harvest the seeds the grow inside those flat pods and store for next year's plants.

Hello, I bought some Hyacinth

Hello, I bought some Hyacinth 3" stems from trader Joes. I'm not sure if I just put them in the case indoors with water, or if ai need to put them in soil? The don't have a bulb on the bottoms of them like a lot of pictures I see on here.

Hi Chassity, If you only have

Hi Chassity,
If you only have stems and no bulbs you need to place them in a vase with water to survive.

Please help! Weed wacker,

Please help! Weed wacker, wacked my hyacinth!
My Hyacinth bloomed around 4/10/15 and today 5/14/15 my friend while weeding accidentally cut the stalk and leaves back. What should I do?

There is nothing you can do.

There is nothing you can do. Just leave the bulb in the ground and it may or may not bloom next year. It's always best to let the foliage turn brown before cutting it back to ensure blooms next season.

I got a beautiful plant for

I got a beautiful plant for Mother's Day as a gift and it is in full bloom. I'm not sure what to do with it when it dies back. I would like to plant it in my flower bed but not sure when to do it since I live in the south and it is extremely hot here! Please help!

I live in zone 8 in a yard

I live in zone 8 in a yard where the greatest shade is that of a medium-sized crepe myrtle. Everything else gets full sun for much of the day, plus exposure to evening thunderstorms from mid-June to late September. One of my tulip bulbs still has green on it, but my hyacinth bulbs are dormant. I mixed top soil with vermiculite tonight, and planted the bulbs (some have multiplied) about an inch under the mix in a large pot. Kept them outside with pine bark mulch over the layer of soil while I determine the best care for these bulbs. If I divide the bulbs, can I just leave them outside in this potted mix? In the sun, or in the shade? Out of the rain, or in? Plant them under the crepe myrtle between my gerbera daisies for seasonal blooms? Thanks!

My Hyacinths bloomed early

My Hyacinths bloomed early (mild winter), had notice of a late frost, so I covered the garden with double thick tarp. Unfortunately the frost got to my flowers. I cut the stem back close to the found. Will they grow back this summer?

Hi, Susan, Your hyacinths

Hi, Susan, Your hyacinths should be ok if you did not remove the foliage. It is recommended to remove the spent flower stalk after blooming (but not the foliage) to allow the bulb to prepare for its next season and spend energy making baby bulbs (bulbils).

I bought hyacinths at

I bought hyacinths at Walmart, and didn't really do my research first. There were 4 bulbs in a soil pot, in full bloom. I got 4 pots and replanted all the flowers in a row out front of my house. Some of them stayed strong & stood fine, others wilted. About half of the wilted ones stood back up after a day or 2 of good watering.. The rest are still wilted and now the flowers are dying on them all. It has averaged 70 degrees with no rain and they're in full sun for most of the day.. I have been watering them well in the evening and sometimes again in the morning while they're still shaded.. Too much water? Did replanting them ruin them for the season?

Sounds like a similar problem

Sounds like a similar problem I'm having and it seems what I did wrong was, I didn't plant mine deep enough. Once the foliage on mine turn brown, I plan on digging them up and getting them a few more inches down in the ground. Also, try adding mulch to help keep your soil moist. Good luck!

I've had hyacinths for many

I've had hyacinths for many years. I originally planted single bulbs but now I see that where there had been single plants in the past there are 2 or 3 flower stalks. I would like to separate them. After the foliage dies back naturally I would have to dig out the bulbs to be relocated. Should I store the bulbs in a cool dry place like the basement as I do with my tulip bulbs and replant them in the autumn or should they be replanted right away. I've never removed hyacinth bulbs from the soil for storage and replanting in the autumn and they come back every year. I live in NH if that makes any difference.

Hi Peter, You can dig and

Hi Peter,
You can dig and store the hyacinth bulbs the same way that you do with your tulip bulbs. It's a good idea to divide the bulbs about every 3 years.

how do you divide the bulbs

This is my second year with my plant. First year replanting them. So how do i divide the bulbs when i hit year 3?

With a small shovel lift the

With a small shovel lift the bulb gently from the soil. You should see one large bulb surrounded by several smaller bulbs. Carefully remove the smaller bulbs and then replant the big bulb and make new holes for the small bulbs.

I found a bag of Hyacinth

I found a bag of Hyacinth bulbs in my cellar that I must have forgotten. They are actually starting to bud a little, I live in the north east area, can I just plant them in the grown. What would you suggest. Thank you..

Hi, Erika, As you know, this

Hi, Erika,
As you know, this is hyacinth time. It's hard to know whether they'll thrive; they need a good chill in their dormant stage. Your cellar may (or may not) have provided the proper conditions. You could try them in the ground but be prepared if nothing significant develops. And just be on the lookout for hyacinth in the autumn and plant them anew.

I'm in southern Canada and

I'm in southern Canada and have always had hyacinths. Left in flower beds all summer and winter. THey multiply and I now have dozens in all colours. I do nothing but water them if needed and cover them with leaves in the fall.Then 3-4 feet of snow cover and below zero temps. they pop up in warm spring sun and bloom and smell lovely. They are beautiful today, May6/15

My coworker gave me three

My coworker gave me three blooming purple hyacinth in a pot for a gift in late April of 2015. What do I do with this pot of plants? Roots are visible in the bottom of the pot, the leaves started turning yellow overnight and the soil is very dry. Again, what do I do? Any assistance will be immensely appreciated!!!

Hi, Yvonne, Would you like to

Hi, Yvonne, Would you like to see your hyacinths bloom again? If so, put the pot otside and water it once a week. Leave the bulbs in the pot until the leaves no longer have any green in them. (The leaves help the bulb to prepare to bloom again.) At that point, lift the bulbs out of the soil and store them in a dry, dark place. Then plant them in the fall, when they will begin to get ready to bloom again next spring.

I am very worried. I am a

I am very worried. I am a first time gardener and I have become very fascinated with many different flowers. I recently bought hyacinths from lows, already in bloom. I planted them and about 2 hours later in rained steadily. I live in zone 5/6 depending on who you ask. IS THERE HOPE FOR MY HYACINTH?? please help

Thank you so much!

Hi, Tiana, Spring is bloom

Hi, Tiana, Spring is bloom time for hyacinths. Bloom is their reason for being, it's their "show," their performance for the world to see. By transplanting them during that show, you effectively dropped the curtain on them, stopping the show. In taking them out of whatever container they were in, you uprooted them, knocked them off their feet. So it will take awhile for them to get over this—probably a year; they only bloom once a year. (Lots of people make this mistake, by the way.) Your region, one that gets a cold winter is fine; they need a cold winter, but you won't know if they survive.
To be sure to have hyacinth blooms in the ground next spring, buy and plant hyacinth bulbs in the fall. If you buy bloomong, potted hyacinths again this spring, wait for them to die back before planting them.

Hi, I live in Chicago, I just

Hi, I live in Chicago, I just received 20 Hyacinth's that have bloomed and flowers are dead. They are all in individual pots that were purchased from Walmart, What do I do with the bulbs, Do I plant them outside or wait til the fall or can I replant them now to flower again? Thanks

Hi Terri, The hyacinths will

Hi Terri,
The hyacinths will not flower again this year. You can plant them outdoors in the garden now and let the leaves turn brown. They will come up and flower next spring.

I also have a couple of

I also have a couple of plants that I am going to plant outside. Do I continue to water them or just let mother nature do it?

Water sparingly and then do

Water sparingly and then do not water again until flower buds appear next year.

I have 3 hyncinths in the

I have 3 hyncinths in the pots and the leaves turned brown and dead already. Is it too late to care for them by growing in the ground as you said above? Can I leave them in 3 pots as it is for the next year?

Thank you.
Chi

I got a pink hyacinth plant

I got a pink hyacinth plant and i would like to plant it. I live in an apartment complex, i was hoping to plant it in a grow box. will it do well in a grow box? im worried about the bulbs, they are exposed. so if it will do well in a grow box, should i plant it right away? Also if it will do well in the grow box how do i plant and care for it in the grow box?

My white hyacinth are turning

My white hyacinth are turning brown

We're not sure how old your

We're not sure how old your hyacinth is, but the flower will fade and turn brown as it ages. If you think this browning is premature, it may not have enough sunlight or it may not be getting enough water. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch on the top of the soil.

i dont know what to do with

i dont know what to do with white hyacinth flower plant that my friend gave it to me in a couple weeks ago.. white flower turns in brown.. should i put them in soil outside now ? is harm that lots of raining them outside ? i need ur help..i am deaf not audio...

Thanks for your question. You

Thanks for your question. You can plant the hyacinth outside. It is not going to bloom again this year. If you have cold winters the bulb will go dormant over the winter months and then bloom again next spring.
 

Is it ok to plant them in the

Is it ok to plant them in the spring?

Hyacinth are bulbs that you

Hyacinth are bulbs that you plant in early fall in order for them to bloom in the following spring. They need the mild fall months to grow root systems.
If you forget to plant the bulbs in the fall, you could plant them in winter (February/March); they usually do not bloom as much in their first year but then they'll grow roots and retain nutrients for next year's blossoming.
 

I have several hyacinths

I have several hyacinths planted over several years. Oldest about five years. All have stems with almost no flower head, a few blossoms, not attractive. Too old, pull them up, start over?
#2 Can I cut leaves back halfway as with iris before yellowing?

I just got one as a present.

I just got one as a present. I got it a week ago and the flowers are wrinkled but the leaves areperfectly fine. It's in a pot And I don't have space to plant it out side. What should I do?

I live in Portland,

I live in Portland, Oregon....

My roommate bought 3 different colors of hyacinths and planted them in a brick planter in the front of the house along with some pansies....

They are dying now as she took advice from my other roommate on watering....Too much watering... :o(

Will the hyacinths come back or are they a lost cause and be thrown away....

Please clarify....Thanks

Hi, Cathy, Did the hyacinths

Hi, Cathy,
Did the hyacinths bloom? If so, they may simply be dying back (not to death; just to dormancy).
If the brink planter holds water, or a container set in it holds water, the bulbs may have drowned. Give it a few more days or a week. If they became water logged, they would be mushy and, as you say, a lost cause.
But it may be too early to tell.

I planted a Hyacinth in my

I planted a Hyacinth in my backyard last fall, it has bloomed. I live in South TX, I am in zone 9. My plant bloomed and I will wait till the leaves turn a yellow color before either....digging it up or leaving it in the ground. My friend told me I had to dig it up. If I put it in the refrigerator, do I put in some ground and can I then place it in a plastic bag till this fall or what do I need to do to have it come up next spring? Thx so much.

I Still am interested to find

I Still am interested to find out when I refrigerate my bulbs, do I leave dirt on bulb and just put it in a plastic bag till Fall in SE TX.or do I put it in dirt and put bulb, pot with dirt all in the refrigerator...Thx.

All you need is the bulb. No

All you need is the bulb. No dirt,no pot or bowl.

Thx for the help. Plan on

Thx for the help. Plan on moving shortly. Everyone has a different answer as to winter storage of bulbs. Refrigerator, basement, cool dark place, in dirt, no dirt. Right now 12 bulbs are sitting alone without dirt in a pot in the basement.

You should store your

You should store your hyacinth bulbs in an open container in moist peat moss in the refrigerator.

Thank you for telling e how

Thank you for telling e how to take care of storing my bulbs so I have them next year

I planted a Hyacinth in my

I planted a Hyacinth in my backyard last fall, it has bloomed. I live in South TX, I am in zone 9. My plant bloomed and I will wait till the leaves turn a yellow color before either....digging it up or leaving it in the ground. My friend told me I had to dig it up. If I put it in the refrigerator, do I put in some ground and can I then place it in a plastic bag till this fall or what do I need to do to have it come up next spring? Thx so much.

I received a hyacinth for

I received a hyacinth for valentines day this year. It was bought from a flower shop so I am sure it was forced to bloom. The flowers are starting to die but leaves are still green. What do I do so that I can replant them to have pretty flowering hyacinths again.

If you live in a region with

If you live in a region with cold winters you can plant the hyacinth outside when the weather warms up. Let the leaves turn brown before removing them. If you live in a warm climate see comments on this page about forcing the bulb in the refrigerator.

i just bought one in a pot.

i just bought one in a pot. Do I leave it in the pot until,fall and then plant in ground? And do I have to put it in a dark place until fall?

I live in Arizona. Do I

I live in Arizona. Do I plant hyacinth in sun or shade?

Thanks!

Hi Sharon, In warmer climates

Hi Sharon,
In warmer climates you need to give the bulbs a chilling period for them to bloom. Usually you keep the bulbs in the refrigerator 10-13 weeks and then from the time they are removed from the cold they require about 3 to 4 weeks to bloom. To delay bloom, put the bulbs in a cool shady area and cut back on water. To hasten bloom give them more light and water.

Should I cut back the leaves

Should I cut back the leaves since they did not die off this winter?

If the leaves are green you

If the leaves are green you can wait to cut them off. Once the leaves have changed color to a yellowish-brown you can remove them.
 

Early Growth I bought some

Early Growth
I bought some hyacinth's last fall and planted them as directed. However, my flowers started growing their leaves in the fall. It did not get as cold this past winter as it usually does in Utah (extremely mild with very little temps below freezing). They did not bloom. The leaves are still showing and have not died off. Will they bloom now that spring is coming or is it a hopeless cause this year?

Hyacinth bulbs are best

Hyacinth bulbs are best planted after the first frost in the fall to avoid premature growth. They do need a period of chill and dormancy to bloom in the spring. You may or may not have blooms this spring.

I have 40 new hyacinth bulbs

I have 40 new hyacinth bulbs which have been stored in the wine cellar-(56 degrees and dark) since October. It's now Feb.5 and we live on the central coast of California. Can I plant the bulbs in mass now? Our temps are ranging from 65-42 degrees right now. Also, we are expecting lots of rain over the next few days. Would that affect their success in any way?

Hi Cindy, It's better to wait

Hi Cindy,
It's better to wait and plant the bulbs after the heavy rain.

I just received a hyacinth in

I just received a hyacinth in water and was wondering how to prepare it for the garden..... thanks
Also it is done blooming leaves are still green,i live in Pasadena,texas

I bought 2 in a water filled

I bought 2 in a water filled vase and was wondering how and when to plant them outside....they are blooming now....I live in central Illinois

I just received one in water

I just received one in water as well. Leaves are green and it has bloomed. What do I do and when do I do it? I live in eastern GA. Please help as I don't want it to die and my daughter's feelings to get hurt....again!!!! Thank you so much! !!!!

Leave it in the vase and let

Leave it in the vase and let the leaves turn brown. Then store the bulb in a cool dark space. You can then plant the bulb in the garden in the fall or put it in the refrigerator before planting it indoors. See other comments on this page.

This is the first time with

This is the first time with Hyacinths do the seeds develope from the blooms then fall into the dirt like my four oclocks Then turn into bulbs? Should I leave dead flowers on it do they develope? Thank you for your time.

Hyacinths can be started from

Hyacinths can be started from mature seeds but it will take many years before they bloom. A better option is to start new plants from younger offset bulbs that develop at the base of the main bulb.

I just received 2 hyacinths

I just received 2 hyacinths each in a vase with water only. it says to keep them 75% filled. after they bloom and the flower dies what do I do? can I regrow them in water next season?

I just received 2 hyacinths

I just received 2 hyacinths and they came in glass vases filled with water. it says to keep it 75% filled. it doesn't say what to do after they bloom. can you help me? the store lady told my husband to put then in a dark place but can I put them back in water and raise them that way or do I have to pant them in soil. they are my first and I am excited!!

When the leaves turn yellow

When the leaves turn yellow or brown remove the bulbs from the vases. Remove the wilted leaves and trim the roots. Put the bulbs in a paper bag in a dark, cool area for about 8 weeks. Then place the bulbs in the glass vases with water and put the vases and bulbs in a dark cool area to root (40° to 48°F is ideal temp). When you see new top growth bring them into a room with dim light. Gradually move the hyacynths into more light and warmer temperatures.

I bought a pink hyacinth from

I bought a pink hyacinth from Fresh Market three days ago and brought it home and placed it on the counter. It had a flower that had not yet opened. Just since then, the flower stalk has grown and started to open, but it has grown so far out to the side that it's entirely beyond the edge of the pot. Is this normal or have I done something wrong?

I recently purchased 3

I recently purchased 3 hyacinths bulbs growing in glass containers, the heads have grown about 10 0r 12 inches out of containers with a very long root system. My question is, where do I keep them, in a dark cool room, until they flower, or in a window, where they will get sunlight, as they will probably start flowering soon? I live in Atl, Ga. and it is now January. I also have some planted in soil in containers. what month can I expect to see them start to appear for flowering?

Assuming that the hyacinth

Assuming that the hyacinth bulbs have been forced to bloom place the containers in room temperature in a spot where they get some sunlight. You should see flower buds soon. If you have the containers with soil and bulbs outdoors you should see some growth in early spring.

I have the same question my

I have the same question my son just gave me one for my birthday. What do I Do? Hope someone has the answer.

I bought some daffodile and

I bought some daffodile and hyacinth bulbs that I was meaning to plant and refrigerate for forcing and before I got a chance they froze in my garage still in the packages. Is there any hope for them now? Can I still plant and force them?

My wife planted in cast iron

My wife planted in cast iron pots this spring. They died back this summer, but have started growing again, one has a tiny flower in mid October! Will they survive northeast missouri winter if I keep in garage? Thanks!

Some readers have

Some readers have successfully winterized container hyacinths. Move the pots in a cooler sheltered position such as a garage (as long as it doesn't get too frigid, i.e, below 10 degrees Fahrenheit). That said, hyacinth are usually inexpensive so we find it easiest to just treat them as annuals and replace each year.

My first time planting

My first time planting bulbs... I live in Northern Wi. I planted several Hyacinth bulbs in several very very large flower pots (10/1/14) over the winter should I cover the dirt with straw as we get a lot of snow here, as I read that excess water can ruin the bulbs?
After blooming and leaves dying out can I plant summer flowers over the bulbs or do I need to remove them?

It will not hurt to put some

It will not hurt to put some straw over and around the pots. Make sure the pots have drainage holes. You can plant smaller summer annuals over the bulbs. If the summer plants have large roots you may need to lift the bulbs and store them until it's time to plant them again in the fall.

I bought forced hyacinths at

I bought forced hyacinths at the end of last year, already blooming. Read the advice in other places too that the leaves will only stay there for a few weeks and then die back, but... they didn't. I kept them indoors in a window all summer and the leaves are still healthy now at the end of September. So maybe they managed to store plenty of energy... I want to plant them in a large planter outside for blooms next spring, so hoping that now is the time? We can expect quite low temperatures in Oslo during the winter, but there is no frost just yet.

You can plant the hyacinths

You can plant the hyacinths in an outside container now. The tops wil die back with the colder weather and you will have new growth next spring. Lykke til!

Would like to know what can i

Would like to know what can i use to keep Squarls Not eating the build Thank You JIM

I have water hyacinth in my

I have water hyacinth in my pound. I live in Chicago, Each spring I buy new ones as they do not survive the winter. Can I store them some way to cut down on the Spring repurchase?

Hi Ron, Water hyacinths are

Hi Ron,
Water hyacinths are not easy to overwinter but some readers have had success with removing some young plants from the pond and planting them in pots with rich soil. Then putting the pots in a tub with water almost to the rim of the pots. The plants need to be in a sunny room to have a chance to make it. Good luck!!

I live in florida...if I were

I live in florida...if I were to plant the bulb outside without a dormant period...would it bloom?

I was given a small potted

I was given a small potted plant of Hyacinths. I had it 3 days and the flowers drooped sideways and the pot fell of the piano and snapped off all of the flowers at the stems. What do I do with the leaves and bulbs left behind?

In the spring I got a

In the spring I got a beautiful basket of tulip,daffodils, hyacinths. I let the leaves die in the basket. I took them out about 3 wks ago and cleaned the dirt off of them. Now I don't know what to do with them. Do I put them in a closet where it is dry and plant in August or what. I am in zone 6.Thanks.

Hi Diane, Yes, store the

Hi Diane,
Yes, store the bulbs in a dry cool place until ready to plant (early fall before the ground freezes). Put the bulbs in a paper bag or box, don't use plastic bags.
 

I have several hyacinths

I have several hyacinths planted in the ground from years of Easter potted plants, and even after a harsh winter in Ohio, they bloomed. This year, many of my plants seem to have some type of large seed/pod on them. What should I do with them?

Polly, remove the pods by

Polly, remove the pods by running your hand/s up or down the stem—but leave the stem and leaves.

I have succeeded with my

I have succeeded with my first attempt to plant hyacinth from bulb last fall. I not knowing much about gardening also noticed the pod like appendageds that were only on some of the flower stalks. What are these pods? I thought they were possibly baby bulbs? Please advise i cut the stalks down that had dead blooms but have left the leaves and the stalks with these pods since i don't know what they are. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry, Joy, I can't provide

Sorry, Joy, I can't provide an answer but want to add my query to yours. I'm a total novice but can't believe that there's no mention of or advice about such a significant looking part of a spent hyacinth.
These look like seed pods but hyacinths grow from bulbs. So what is the function of the pod? And what to do with it?
Please help!

Like Poly, I have seed pods

Like Poly, I have seed pods on my plants. Can theese be planted to grow new bulbs, or are they useless? Would I plant the individual seeds or the whole pod?

Before reading your comments,

Before reading your comments, I cut back the foliage along with the blooms after 2 weeks. Is there any hope of blooming again next year?

Should I
1. Throw bulbs away - they are worthless
2. Plant them outside now (I live in Illinois)
3. Store them in containers and plant next fall
4. Remove bulbs and store them in basement (or refrigerate?)until next fall?

I am not an experienced gardener but would like to learn. Seems like a waste to throw away 9 bulbs if some may bloom again.

The mistake you made was to

The mistake you made was to cut off the leaves. These should remain on the bulb, continuing to be watered, until they die down naturally 7-8 weeks after flowering, during this period they will be storing food in the bulb to provide next year's flower. However, whilst yours will probably not flower next year, they should survive if you dry them off, store in a cool dry place with plenty of air circulation e.g. a car port, and then plant them in the fall,6 inches deep, in a year or so you will once more have flowers. happy gardening.

Thanks for helping out here,

Thanks for helping out here, Alan!

Hi, Joyce, Hope springs

Hi, Joyce,
Hope springs eternal. But your bulbs...hard to tell if they will spring back. The bulbs need foliage to make food for next year. If it was even pale, tending to yellow you might have a chance next season.
If they are not taking up too much room or time or memory, give them another try. Put the in a cool, n the meantime, keep in eye out for more in the fall and set them all (old and new). You just never know ...

Hi, I have been receiving

Hi, I have been receiving hyacinths for each Easter for a few years now. I'm in Northern Illinois and have been planting them in the ground as I receive them. I am pleasantly surprised to say, they have been coming back. So, as my thumb is becoming greener I planted grape hyacinths, (my thumb is turning brown). They have not come back, and very shortly after I put them in the ground they wilted and died. There really is no rhyme or reason to my garden, I just kinda put thing where I think they will look nice and do well with the sun type. Do you have any advice for me?

Planting any bulb while in

Planting any bulb while in bloom is usually not a good idea. It's like dropping the theater curtain on them just as they are  putting on the best show. Some sources suggest that the grape hyacinth, being resiliant, might make a surprise appearance in the future but if you want a sure thing, get a few "new" ones.
Remember: plant spring (blooming) bulbs in fall and fall (blooming) bulbs in spring.

I bought white and purple

I bought white and purple hyacinth at Walmart, and it has flower buds that haven't bloomed yet. I don't know anything about how to take care of the flower at this stage! Please give me advice on how much should I water, and other stuff. I don't know what kind of hyacinth it is anyway. Are there different kinds of hyacinths?

To keep your potted hyacinth

To keep your potted hyacinth blooming, keep it cool, water frequently, and keep in full light but away from hot sun. The temperatures should be kept between 60 to 65 degrees F. for maximum flower life.  At 70 degrees F. and above the blooms will only last about a week.
After the plant stops blooming, you can save the bulbs. After the foliage yellows, wilts, and dies back, shake off the dirt and store the bulbs in a dry place until fall.  Plant in a sheltered area. See this page for more plant care information.

It must be emphasised that

It must be emphasised that one should continue to water the pot after flowering is complete and to continue to do so until the leaves die off naturally.

Anemic hyacinths! I live in

Anemic hyacinths!
I live in Michigan and last winter was cold and deep! My hyacinths are growing but appear anemic. Very short stems and blooms no higher than 2" from the ground.
Is this a result of the sub zero winter or a fertilizer issue? Sure could use some advice.

It sounds as though the

It sounds as though the hyacinths may have been cut back too soon last spring. After cutting off the dead flower stalk it is very important to allow the foliage to continue to grow until it yellows and dies back naturally.

I planted some Red, Pink,

I planted some Red, Pink, White, and Blue hyacinths in the same pot.

They all bloomed nicely, but the Red ones all "faded" before the other ones.

Any ideas as to why?

Every variety of flower has a

Every variety of flower has a different bloom duration and onset. 

i have a hyacinth bed now for

i have a hyacinth bed now for 4-5 years in good loamy soil. they grow well and bloom strong. the bed was well mixed in all colors. but the last couple of years, the blooms' colors have been changing more and more to shades of light pinks. this year they are almost 100% shades of light pinks. i'm ready to dig up and replant with new bulbs. but first, i would like to know what causes this change and if it is possible to reverse the changes? is there a possible shortage of some nutient in the soil that can cause this phenomenon? i know that hydrangeas color can be controlled by the nutients in the soil, so have you ever heard of or run across this condition with hyacinths?

The colors may change a

  1. The colors may change a little due to length of daylight, weather, soil chemistry or age.
  2. Two different colored hyacinths in the same bed may cross-pollinate and produce seed that will grow new bulbs with different colored flowers.

thanks for the info. I'm

thanks for the info. I'm going to have to think that it is either soil chemistry(which is very good rich soil) or age perhaps causing the problem. the weather and daylight is normal. I have never let the plants seed out, so I can rule that out unless new bulblets underground coming off the originals bulbs could be of different colors than it parent. Anyway, sounds as if it's time for a fresh bed of hyacinths bulbs.

The only logical reason for

The only logical reason for the colours of the bed changing is that some varieties survive better than other. Whilst the seeding theory may apply the flowers from such bulbs would be extremely small, it takes 7 years from seed to produce a full sized hyacinth flower. I have never experienced environmental rasons for colour change.

I know that Acid-tone is used

I know that Acid-tone is used for hydrangeas to make them bluer. More acidic soil can make colors bolder. Acid tone and holly tone are both made by a company called Espoma. They might have something more specific for your hyacinth - check out their website. Best of luck!

I have Hyacinth flowers in a

I have Hyacinth flowers in a wooden cedar planter box and they came out beautifully and so fragrant, but short lived (like 2 weeks of bloom it seemed like) which is normal? Can I just leave them there and they will regrow next year? I am in the NW in Washington and we get a week of snow during our winters and four seasons usually.

2 weeks is about normal bloom

2 weeks is about normal bloom time for hyacinths. You can leave the bulbs in the planter. They should come back next spring for you.

What hardness zone is central

What hardness zone is central Florida? I just bought two pots of Hyacinth and each pot has three lilies in it.

Central Florida is generally

Central Florida is generally zone 9b: http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-hardiness-zones
Once the blooming is done, you can dig up the bulbs and save them for next year, but in zone 9, you'll need to refrigerate them about 4 to 6 weeks before planting to give them chill time.

Thanks!! I wondered if they

Thanks!! I wondered if they would need the refridge!!

I received my first hyacinth.

I received my first hyacinth. I live in Central Texas. I would like to plant in my garden in the fall. What should I do to them before planting? I know to cut the flower stalks and wait until the other stalks dry up before cutting them. Do I refrigerate before planting them in the ground in the fall?

If you're transplanting

If you're transplanting hyacinth, this happens in the fall. Wait until the blooms fade and pinch them off, but keep the foliage on. As the foliage starts to die, stop watering, and let the soil dry out. After a few weeks, knock the soil off the bulb and transplant the bulbs in the ground as directed above.

Thanks for the feed back. I

Thanks for the feed back. I did transplant them. The foliage has began dying off. I read another reply that stated I had killed them so I emptied out a pot. There was a bulb in the bottom. I just saved it in the soil. Hopefully it will be ok. I just left the others alone.

I know that people are always

I know that people are always told to cut off the flower stalk but this can help the few leaves produce and store more energy in the bulb for next year's flower. To this same end keep the leaves going for as long as possible. Being in England I am not too sure of the winter temperatures in Texas, for hyacinths need prolonged spells below 55 F. to produce the hormone that sends the flower up from the bulb, so you may well need to refrigerate your bulbs to achieve success.

I just bought a flower pot

I just bought a flower pot with three fully grown Blue Hyacinth orientalist at the Kroger I was wondering when is the best time to transfer them from the pot they are in to the grown and if there is a certain procedure in doing so

I always advise people to

I always advise people to keep the bulbs watered and growing in their pots, with as full light as is possible, subject to of course that they do not get frozen. Please bear in mind the fact that once hyacinth roots have lost contact with the soil they never renew that contact. Once the hyacinth leaves have died down naturally remove them from the pot, dry them off, clean away all debris and then they may be planted in the garden, either immediately or in the fall

I bought 4 different colors

I bought 4 different colors of hyacinths and they didn't have a bulb attached... the lady at the grocery store said to put them in water and the bulb will come back! I have done so and they seem to be very fragile and the water is starting to have funny smell to it. When can I plant them in soil?

What a load of nonsense she

What a load of nonsense she told you, did she also tell you that if you chop a chicken's head off it will grow a new one?

I have had hyacinths planted

I have had hyacinths planted in my back yard in North Carolina for a couple of years. And I am noticing the each year they are blooming closer and closer to the ground. As a matter of fact this year there is only about half inch to an inch of bloom at all and it is straight from the ground no stalk at all. What do I need to do?

Hyacinth plants will bloom as

Hyacinth plants will bloom as a perennial, but some people grow the plants as an annual because the size of the flower is smaller in the following years after the first blooming season.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_10016523_hyacinths-rebloom.html#ixzz2wS2XKBME

At first I thought that the

At first I thought that the bulbs were not getting sufficient cold temperatures to produce the growth hormones needed to lengthen the stalk. However by looking up the temp. zone map I see that you should get plenty of long spells below 13C (55F.)I assume that you leave the bulbs in the ground year on year for if you dig them up and store them during the oldest part of winter they will not get the cold spell needed to trigger stem extension.

Just purchased hyacinth from

Just purchased hyacinth from Walmart they are not in bloom the were root bound and transplanted them in separate pots, they are yellowing a little and not blooming yet. Should they get full sunlight? used Miracle grow potting mix do they need more sandy soil, I live in Florida....

Sara, I am afraid that you

Sara, I am afraid that you have probably killed off your hyacinths. It does not matter that they were pot-bound, they only need the roots to get water, the flower is formed and the energy to produce it is stored in the bulb from last year. Hyacinth
roots do not re-establish contact with the soil fully as there are small root hairs which attach to the grains of soil, they do not regrow once that contact is broken.

I bought a hyacinth that was

I bought a hyacinth that was in primarily full bloom several weeks ago. I had to cut off the blooms as they were apparently done and starting to wither. My question is will they bloom again and should I transplant to a larger pot? We still have quite a bit of snow so co don't think I can get at the garden to plant them in the ground yet. Any suggestions would be helpful. I've not had hyacinths before.

Hyacinths like other spring

Hyacinths like other spring bulbs will only bloom once. You can let the plant die back in the pot and then plant it in the garden. The bulb needs a chilling period before new blooms next spring.

My husband bought me two pots

My husband bought me two pots of the hyacinths on March 6th with three in each pot. They are blooming right now. Should I plant them outside right now for the spring or do I have to wait to plant them until fall? by the way the pots are way too small for the plants. Do I have to keep them cold for a couple of months. In other words, what the heck do I do with them now. I am not the green thumb kind of a girl. LOL but I am trying.

Enjoy the blooms and then cut

Enjoy the blooms and then cut off the flower stalks. You can then plant the bulbs in the garden or let them die back in the pots and then plant them later. If you have cold winters you can leave them in the ground. If not they need a chilling period in your refrigerator.

I have som hyachinths bulbs

I have som hyachinths bulbs that I planted in some old terra cotta planters a wind storm knocked the I ver and they broke..the shoots are a couple inches tall...I transplanted them into new containers...I put a little gravel in bottom ...left the orginal dirt as the roots were supper long and added a little fresh dirt on top....I just realized that there are no drainage holes...can I just carefully water or should I drill drainage holes?? I'm hoping they will do ok because they are one of my favorite flowers and this is the first time I've grown them myself.

Thanks for any advice!!

It is advised that the

It is advised that the container has a drainage hole, or you must be extra careful with watering.

I just bought my first set of

I just bought my first set of hyacinth.
These were bought at Walmart and there is a little color just starting to pick through. It's one of the "plant the whole pot" types.
My question is should I plant them now, in late Febuary?
I'm in central Arkansas & the temps rang from 30-60 right now. The plants have been sitting outside for the last 2 weeks at Walmart if that helps any.
We have tried to grow a lot of things in this clay field soil with out much luck but the yard had Hyacinths speradicly
when we moved here that come back every year for years up until 3 years ago so I thought I would try to make a small garden of these by the front porch. It will get 6-8 hrs of morning sunlight where I want to plant them, is that addicute?

Thank you so much..

Hi Heather, You can plant the

Hi Heather,
You can plant the hyacinths now. Add some compost and sand to your clay soil before planting so that you'll have good drainage. 6-8 hours of sunlight is sufficient.

Thank you so much. I will

Thank you so much. I will plant them today. :)

It will be 16* tonight.. I

It will be 16* tonight.. I will wait for a reply before planting so if anyone could help me out that would be amazing.
Thank you so much :)

I planted some hyacinth bulbs

I planted some hyacinth bulbs in my garden this past fall. Now that spring is approaching, when should I start watering them again?

Also, after they are done blooming, I know to cut the leaves back when they yellow, but do I have to dig them up and then replant them again in the fall or can I just leave them in the soil at the end of each spring and water them again in the fall?

My first time growing hyacinth! Thank you!

Don't water until you see

Don't water until you see some growth and the soil is dry. Too much water may cause rot. Leave them in the garden after they have bloomed. There is no need to dig them up. After a few years the bulbs can be dug up and divided for propagation.

Hello everyone! I'm in Lisbon

Hello everyone!
I'm in Lisbon and brought my flowers from Holland a month ago almost ready to bloom.
I have read most of the comments and I think I understood this to my situation (recapitulating):
I have 3 bulb potted hyacinths, that have already flowered (in a "forced" mode) so I need to cut the flower, let the leaves yellow and then also cut them off.
I have to put them away in a dark place (I'll put them in an underground basement) until next autumn
(and because I live in an apt I cannot put them on the ground), but after summer I have to make an effort to get them about 10 weeks under at least 50 F and then wait that they start growing a bit before giving them the home warming light in the end of the next winter to make them bloom again.
Please correct me if I'm wrong!

So 2 things I question:
1 - Since it is the first year I understood I do not need to take the bulbs out, I can just leave them resting in the pot right?
(they have only the lower 2/3 in soil)
Or is it better to take them out of the pot and cut the roots (up to 2 inches) and put them in a paper bag for the summer?

2 - a more crazy thought : Since we are still in winter do you think it's possible, if I "force" them to chill for 2 months right now that they can still bloom again at the end of this April or that is a completely nonsense idea and I surely have to wait until next winter and just Maybe be lucky to see them bloom again :)

thank you for all this worldwide support and information sharing!
Have nice flowers. :)

1. Whichever way that is

1. Whichever way that is convenient for you.

2. No. They need time to restore energy and nutrients to create new buds for next year's bloom.

The most important thing is

The most important thing is to keep the bulbs watered andgrowing as long as possible in good light so that the leaves may feed the energy into the bulbs for next year's flowers. During the latter part of this period next year's leaves and flowers will form inside the bulbs. When the leaves eventually turn yellow remove take the bulbs out of the compost, take off the leaves and then dry the bulbs off in good ventilation and out of direct hot sunlight. If there are any small white side bulbs around the base do not remove them yet as they will not be viable until next year, so in this fall plant your bulbs in the garden with 4-5 inches of soil on top of them. When the leaves die down next summer remove the off-sets and grow these on into full sized bulbs.
Happy gardening.

My mum brought my a pot of

My mum brought my a pot of three white hyacinths for my new house as a house warming gift. They are my favourite flower and was thrilled with them. The first couple of weeks they were doing really well they all opened out and had a beautiful bloom. However they are now starting to shrivel up, turn brown at the edges and lose their sweet smell. I haven't moved them or started doing anything different. Im not sure what I'm doing wrong. Please help.

You are not doing anything

You are not doing anything wrong. The hyacinths will bloom once and then die back. You can plant the bulbs in the garden and if you live in a region with cold winters they will come up next spring and bloom again. If you live in a warmer climate read tips below how to store and chill the bulbs for repeat bloom.

I could not find an answer

I could not find an answer about the roots of the hyacinth grown in water, I know to wait till after the flower blooms and leaves turn yellow but do I cut the roots and plant in soil or what??

It's not necessary to trim

It's not necessary to trim the roots but if they are very long trim them to a length of about 2 inches.

I have a Pink Hyacinth

I have a Pink Hyacinth indoors in a pot how often should I give it feed and what is the best feed to give it.

Fertilize once during the

Fertilize once during the bloom, and once after the flowers have faded. Use a fertilizer made especially for bulbs or bone meal.

I have really enjoyed my

I have really enjoyed my water vase hyacinth for the past two weeks or so, a first for me! The flowers are now starting to wither and I understand when they are done I should cut the stem and wait for the foliage to brown, presumably while still in the water, then trim that as well and store the bulb in a cool, dark place. I have two questions:
1. Do I also trim off the roots at that time or leave them intact?
2. Can I repeat the process in a water vase next year or does it need to be planted outside?
Thank you for such a helpful site!

Trim the roots to a length of

Trim the roots to a length of about 2 inches.
Hyacinths need to be exposed to 12 to 15 weeks of chilly soil conditions in winter, so it is best to plant it outside.

I just bought my first

I just bought my first Hyacinth bulb today. Its a part of a forcing kit, intact with the glass vase. My question is, once this bulb flowers and the blooms dry out, can I plant it in soil to get blooms next year? I read on some website that bulbs that are forced in water are useless after the blooms dry out and that they wont bloom again.

Thank you in advance for the help.

  You can always try to see

 
You can always try to see if the bulb will bloom next year. This bulb has been forced to bloom beautifully in your vase and may not gain back the energy to bloom again. Let the leaves die back naturally after the flower has bloomed and then plant it outside.

Thank you for your response.

Thank you for your response. The hyacinth hasnt grown yet, it's still a bulb. Should I just plant it directly in a pot instead of water/vase?

Hello, Very sorry if you have

Hello, Very sorry if you have answered this question previously I tried searching if you had.

My mother gave me a Hyacinth in a glass vase and it looks to be blooming soon. I read that most people transplant theirs but I live in a place where I dont have an outside to keep it. Can I just leave it in the vase?

After flowering you can plant

After flowering you can plant the bulb in a pot with soil. For the bulb to flower again you need to put the pot in a dark cool place for about 2 months.

I was given a bulb as a gift

I was given a bulb as a gift about 3 weeks ago. It was living in a vase with water covering the roots. Shortly after I received the plant, it flowered. I've done some research, but I'd like your input on care from this point forward. I have cut off the dying bloom close to the bulb. Is now the time to plant the bulb in soil and put it on the deck? Thanks in advance.

You can plant the bulb in the

You can plant the bulb in the ground now or take it out of the water and let it dry out. Store it in a cool/dark place over the summer months and then plant it in the fall for spring blooms next year (if you live in a cold region). If you live in a warm cllimate see advice on this page about chilling the bulb.

I have had lots of hyacinth

I have had lots of hyacinth bulbs cooling in fridge for at least 2mos. It is now Jan 25 in TN and we are having temps as low as 10 then as hi as 50. What to do-plant bulbs in large pot outside now so theyll bloom at regular time-april-or what?? HELP

i just got my first Hyacinth

i just got my first Hyacinth she smells GREAT we bought her in water do i leave her in there or do we trans plant her in soil she has some long roots she is growing another on the side of the bulb what do i do ???? Thank you

Just leave the bulb in the

Just leave the bulb in the water for now. If you try to transplant it you may brake some of the roots. After it has bloomed let the leaves turn yellow and then plant it outside. Depending on where you live it may bloom again next spring.

You can plant the bulbs in

You can plant the bulbs in containers and put them outside. If you are getting more 10 degree temps you may want to move the containers back indoors. If you put the bulbs out now they will probably bloom before April.

I'm pretty new to hyacinth,

I'm pretty new to hyacinth, so I'm glad I found this page. There is a lot of good information here. The hyacinth I recently bought appears to only be one bulb in a 4" pot, with two flower stalks when I bought it. One stalk is spent, but both stalks drooped almost as soon as I brought it home. I can't seem to find any information about the cause of that, like whether it wasn't getting enough light (which was our thought, so we moved it to a brighter spot and watered it and propped it, although by now the stem has firmed in that position and I know it isn't likely to stand back up on its own, maybe not at all), or whether it was just because the blooms were heavy. And they are. It seems like a strong plant; nice firm leaves, thick stems, vivid green and bright bloom colour.

So my first question is whether there is any reason other than heavy blooms for the stalk to droop before the flowers are spent. My second question involves three young leaves off to the side that seem to not be on the same plant. Would they be a bulblet? If so, could I plant this hyacinth (which I assume was forced since it's in bloom in January in zone 3) outside once the ground thaws and have a new plant that flowers normally next spring?

Not sure if this makes any

Not sure if this makes any difference, but the tag says Hyacinthus Orientalis. I know a lot of the time when you buy a plant from a chain store like Walmart or Safeway, they don't always tell you on the tag which variety you're buying, and sometimes the latin name they do give isn't actually correct for that particular plant.

All hyacinths are varieties

All hyacinths are varieties developed from the species hyacinthus orientalis.

In order to make the stem

In order to make the stem grow up straight, you should rotate the bulb everyday when putting it out into the light. Regarding the bulblets, you can plant them outside but they won't bloom for the next 1 or 2 years.

Heavy blooms usually cause

Heavy blooms usually cause the stems to droop and it is very common to use stakes to support the plant. The extra leaves are growing from the same bulb and will probably not have a blossom. You can plant the bulb outside in the soil and it will most likely come up next spring and flower.

One of the problems with

One of the problems with hyacinths ,as with most plants is that they grow tall in poor light and also the stems continue to lengthen as the blooms get older.
Yes Stianin, you are correct, they are off-sets and will eventually grow into flowering bulbs themselves if you detach them after the leaves die down and then grow them on separately.

I live in Arizona. We bought

I live in Arizona. We bought them from the grocery store. They are in water with the roots really long. They have bloomed nicely but the flower part is dying. The leaves are still nice and green. What do I do now? ?? Thank you.

Remove the dead flower and

Remove the dead flower and let the leaves turn yellow before cutting them off. Remove the bulbs from the water and let them dry. Whe dry store it a paper bag. If you want to replant the bulbs you need to first chill them for 10 to 12 weeks in your refrigerator. See comments on this page about how to force hyackinth bulbs.

I recently purchased a

I recently purchased a hyacinth started in water. It has become top heavy for the container that it is in. I'm wondering how to go about planting it since it is still winter here. I was hoping to plant it outside in a flower bed. I'm also wondering how to find out what hardiness zone I'm in. I have no clue.

The hyacinth you bought has

The hyacinth you bought has been forced to bloom indoors. Support the hyacinth the best you can in the container you have and let it finish blooming. When the leaves turn yellow you can remove the leaves and dry the bulb. You can then plant the bulb in the garden for new blooms next year.
To find your hardiness zone go to
www.almanac.com/content/plant-hardiness-zones.

My hyacinth has bloomed in

My hyacinth has bloomed in water as well and the flowers are begining to die. I know I need to let the leaves turn yellow and cut them off and dry the bulb, but do I leave the roots attached to the bulb? I know this is a silly question, but I'm new to this :) Do I store the bulb in the freezer until spring or do I simply store it in the paper bag?

I "planted" bulbs in water

I "planted" bulbs in water and now they have developed many roots and the stem is now about 3 inches out of the bulb. I've removed them from the dark cool space where they resided for about 10 weeks and put them in a sunny warm place. Should I now put them in a pot or just leave them in the water. I will plant them outside in the spring.

Just let them be. Their roots

Just let them be. Their roots are very fragile. Putting them in a pot now will break off the roots.

Hi, I purchased 30 Miss

Hi,
I purchased 30 Miss Saigon hyacinth bulbs at the end of December and have been keeping them in my refrigerator (in a paper bag in a crisper)while I research how best to grow them. They are nice 15/16 cm bulbs. Today, I noticed that the tips are just barely starting (small white tip). I was hoping that I could time the growth of the hyacinths to use at a May 31st wedding (Western NC) by either planting the hyacinths in baskets or forcing them as I did recently with paper whites in a vases with rocks and water. I realize that this is experimental - that's okay - I have a B plan - but I really don't want to waste the bulbs either. I was thinking that it would take approx 14 weeks in cold storage and about 2 months to grow. Would this work? Is this timing even close? What steps should I take? Thanks for your time and advice. I just think this would be so beautiful if it worked.

Usually you keep the bulbs in

Usually you keep the bulbs in the refrigerator 10-13 weeks and then from the time they are removed from the cool they require about 3 to 4 weeks to bloom. To delay bloom, put the bulbs in a cool shady area (if indoors not close to a sunny window) and cut back on water. To hasten bloom give them more light and water.

My cousin bought me some

My cousin bought me some hyacinth bulbs from Germany and I'm forcing them using a spare fridge (I live in Vietnam where the climate is quite hot all year round). The bulbs are doing quite good, but I'm having this problem: one of them has started to bloom while the flower is still stuck in the bulb. I mean, the stem didn't grow longer as it should. Can anybody here help me out on this? Thank you a lot.

As long as the flower head

As long as the flower head cleared the bulb and the leaves, you should be ok. It'll just look stubby. It might have been 'confused' by the hot temperatures and simply stopped supplying the energy required to the stalk thinking it was already time to bloom. If the flower head did not clear the things around it, like it's pressed against the leaves because they're too close, try snipping off the lower flowers. That will lighten it to keep it straight as well as give the leaves a bit more room so they're not so much of an obstacle. Otherwise, you could lop off the whole flower stalk. It's still pretty early and your confused plant might put out a new stalk and grow it up and out the way it should. I'm not an expert, though, so that's just my thought. It works with other plants, so it might with hyacinth too.

I live in a warm climate (so.

I live in a warm climate (so. Calif). My hyacinth flowers are blooming when the head is only an inch above the soil! Can't get the stalk to grow tall first. Too much sun? Should I place a dark tube around each plant to force it to grow taller prior to blooming?

I have read that putting a

I have read that putting a paper cone with a hole on top over the bulbs will help the plants grow up straight. You probably should try that. I was not patient enough, though.

It's kinda weird cos' I put

It's kinda weird cos' I put them in a cooler all the time until they started to bloom. Initially, I thought it was due to the lack of cold weeks, but my later bulbs are having the same issue despite the fact that they were in the fridge longer than the previous ones.

My mother passed along three

My mother passed along three small plastic pots of post-bloom hyacinths last spring, thinking I might like to plant them in my garden. I got busy and never planted them, and just left them in a pile in an out-of-the-way corner of my front porch, until today, when I was cleaning and decided I really needed to throw them away. Imagine my surprise -- okay, shock -- to discover that all three had vibrant green leaves poking out, in spite of total neglect, below zero temps, depleted soil, etc. So now I am eager to give them every chance to thrive. What do you suggest? Repotting, or at least fresh soil? Outdoors, or in? Sunny spot, or no? Thanks so much!

The hyacinths seem content as

The hyacinths seem content as they are, so do not disturb them. In spring when the leaves turn brown and die, remove them. Plant the bulbs in the ground 4 inches deep, a minimum of 3 inches apart, for bloom the following spring.

Hi I am from Pakistan, i have

Hi
I am from Pakistan, i have purchased three bulbs of hyacinths and planted in a pot about 1 month ago
my problem is that they are not growing well, stem is not looking outside still and i m waiting for to come out, here are winters now and temperatures remains from 05 C to 20 C, i have placed the pot in open area where they can get full sun and moisture
any body can guide me that how much water I should give them and what other steps I should keep inorder to get them soon and bloom and how much time they want to bloom.
thanks

You have to put them in a

You have to put them in a dark, cool place for the root system to grow first. And only bring them out to the light when the shoot is about 4 inches.

I got my mam a hydracinth for

I got my mam a hydracinth for xmas and its stem is 10cm long its doing
okay but its in a 6cm by 6cm container should i move it to a larger pot? an would it be okay to leave it ouside cause its winter?i live in a cold and damp country!(it doesnt look very pretty yet how long will it take?)

If you have freezing

If you have freezing temperatures the hyacinth is not going to be happy outdoors. Keep it indoors in a sunny location and it should bloom soon. No need to repot to a bigger container.

I live in Massachusetts and I

I live in Massachusetts and I planted some hyacynth bulbs in my garden towards the end of summer , about the middle of August. It is now November and due to some unseasonably warm weather, these bulbs are coming up. My question is, if I dig it up and repot it will it continue to grow indoors? Or, if I leave it in the ground, the temps will soon go back to normal winter ones, with snow to come, will these plants still come back in the spring?

Leave the bulbs in the

Leave the bulbs in the ground. They will stop growing when it gets colder and will grow new leaves in the spring. Most hyacinth varieties need the cold dormacy in winter to produce flowers in the spring.

I live in Zone 10 (South

I live in Zone 10 (South Florida). Is growing hyacinths possible here? And if so, what precautions should I take to ensure their blooms?

Thank you

Hyacinths are a northern

Hyacinths are a northern plant that generally doesn't do well in your zone, however, there are varieties that could work. We suggest contacting your Florida cooperative extension for more infomatiion. Here's a helpful article: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/bulbs.html

Yes, they do, I live in

Yes, they do, I live in Puerto Rico and I have hyacinths, also I grow blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and dandelions I brought from Mass. And Puerto Rico is zone 10 - 12.

They would have to be

They would have to be particular varieties. Not all hyacinths could grow in that warm a climate. The berries and the dandelions are more adaptive/vigorous. Of course, dandelions will grow almost anywhere. But anything that needs to be cold for several months before it will germinate would have to be specially cultivated and hybridized in order to germinate without first being essentially frozen. Otherwise, it might green, but it will never bloom.

Hi, I have some experience

Hi, I have some experience planting in zone 6 but recently moved to central Florida which I believe is zone 9 or possibly 9A. I love hyacinths. I see them for sale in the local stores and printed on the packages GUARANTEED TO BLOOM. I spent over $200 one year and found nothing bloomed! The big box store would not do anything! My question is: can I buy hyacinth bulbs and just chill them in the fridge for 8 to 10 weeks THEN plant them outside say in January or must they be potted and watered and then put into cold storage to allow the roots to develop? Any tips on planting freesias and ranunculus in my zone? thanks so much! PS the amaryllis do quite well here but I would love to try other bulbs.

First, regarding the big box

First, regarding the big box store that would not do anything - if you had your receipt they should have. I would try talking to a manager. Or, call the company that is listed on the tag. Unfortunately, big box stores don't carry quality bulbs, and they rarely turn out to be the variety advertised, in my experience.

Regarding refrigerating your hyacinth - yes you can. This is often done by people in the warmer climates. Just be sure not to store them where small children can get into them (since they are poisonous if ingested), and please also be sure not to store them near fruits or vegetables. Keeping them cold and dark for at least 10, preferably 12-14 weeks, and then planting them will be just fine, as long as the weather when you plant them is not overly hot.

Regarding your other questions, I am not very familiar with Freesia, but ranunculus should do excellent in your area. November through January is a great time to plant them. One of the most important things with ranunculus is to NOT let them sit in wet or soggy soil. You'll want to be sure they're planted in an area that drains well, and water them once when you plant them, then not again until you see sprouts.

A few thoughts of other bulbs/rhizomes you can plant now in Florida:
Tall bearded iris
Lycoris (I was selling Lycoris "Radiata" bulbs on Amazon and just sold out yesterday - they are very popular)
Amaryllis Belladonna (these can remain in the ground in your zone).
Paperwhites (a type of daffodil that do not need a period of cold and could be planted outdoors in your zone).

Good luck!
~FlowersofTomorrow

I am from India and I had

I am from India and I had planted 3 bulbs in the pot.I could see the green shoots coming out of soil but they never grow or bloom. Its been more than 4 months now. What should I do?

You did not mention what

You did not mention what temperature you are keeping your hyacinth at. They should be kept cold - but not frozen - and in the dark for at least 10 weeks, then slowly warmed and brought into the light. If you follow the instructions at the beginning of this page for "forcing", you should have hyacinths that grow and hopefully bloom. If your bulbs are small (less than 15cm in circumference), they may grow but not bloom.

I have forced potted

I have forced potted hyacinth, I let them root up then froze them and then put them into 4degrees to Thor. Then I put them outside in our hot houses watered them 3 days later and the steams came up then some of them just snapped off.. Why is this

We're not completely clear on

We're not completely clear on your question due to typos. However, we can tell you that hyacinth bulbs should NOT be frozen, only chilled. They bulbs will turn to mush if frozen before planting; Dig one up and see if it's rotted.

Possibly what happened is you

Possibly what happened is you warmed them too quickly. They might have grown up fast and weak. I'm definitely no expert, but that's what it sounds like to me. Usually, when you want a plant to be strong, you need to make it work for it.

After reading all the

After reading all the comments I think I may have dug up about 100 hyacinths too soon. I am changing my flower bed and dug them up about 3 weeks after blooming but the leaves on some were still green and others starting to yellow or even brown. I have them drying in the sun now. If I wait for the leaves to dry now and then cut them off, can I store them in a cool dry place and replant in fall when my new flower bed is ready? I have tulips that I will need to move also. What is the best way to handle the tulips? I will be moving them to this new bed also. I am in central Wisconsin.

Dig the tulips after the

Dig the tulips after the leaves have turned brown. Dry well in a shady location and store them in shallow boxes or mesh bags in a cool dry location.

This is just to say THANK YOU

This is just to say THANK YOU for a most helpful article. Thank you!

Hi, I bought some hyacinths

Hi, I bought some hyacinths flowers and planted them in a flower box. I used Miracle Grow potting soil and watered when the soil was dry. The blooms lasted about a week and a half and then withered and died. The leaves look green and healthy though. Did I do something wrong? What can I do to try to save these? Do I just cut the stems and wait for the leaves to die and replant the bulbs for next year??

Hyacinth bulbs need to be in

Hyacinth bulbs need to be in the ground to flourish. You can plant them in window boxes, etc., but they will not do as well as they would do in the ground. They need the room to spread a good rooting system. Also, if you plant them in the spring, they will not do as well as if you planted them in the fall and let them over- winter. Cut only the flowers and allow the plant to die back naturally, maybe throw them in the ground this fall?

The seeds (round green pods)

The seeds (round green pods) that form after the blooms, can they be planted to gain more plants ??

I was wondering the same

I was wondering the same thing as I just noticed the pods. I am going to leave them alone for awhile and see if they enlarge. I will try planting them in the fall. I noticed one year a single day lily plant had these small bulbs up and down the stem that fell of after a while. I was stepping all over them and eventually tossed most of them. The following year many more lilies appeared growing from the ones I had stepped on a accidentally replanted. I have had them for approximately 5 years now and they have never produced the bulbs again. curious..

Our sources suggest that

Our sources suggest that those pods are not seeds from which new plants will come; in fact, they will exhaust the existing plant, so cut them off.
Lilies (which include hyacinths, above, in the botanical family) and other bulbs reproduce off the main (underground) bulb by producing bulblets. These can take years to mature.
It may be that your lily had reproduced blublets underground near where replanted (your message is not entirely clear). It's a mystery to us why no bulbs reproduced. But that's nature sometimes...a mystery.

Our sources suggest that

Our sources suggest that those are not seeds from which new plants will come; in fact, they will exhaust the existing plant, so cut them off.
Hyacinth and other bulbs reproduce off the main (underground) bulb by producing bulblets. These can take years to mature.

I have had these bulbs for 5

I have had these bulbs for 5 to 8 years and have never seen them bloom. The foliage will come up in spring and be beautiful, but they never bloom. Is it possible to have to many bulbs together? I am ready to give up! Help please.

That's unfortunate... You do

That's unfortunate...
You do not indicate where you are, which leads us to ask if the plants experienced a sufficiently cold winter period. Also, if they were originally forced indoors (made to bloom outside of their normal seasonal bloom period), most will not bloom again.
If by "together" you are referring to clustering blubs in the ground, there is nothing wrong with that; in fact, it is often recommended.

hyacinths planting in texas

I'm confused. For fall planting, Do I store my bulbs in an open container or in a paper bag? In the refrigerator or in a cool dark place? I got about 36 potted bulbs earlier and they are almost ready to store. Appreciate your help.

Just from what I've learned

Just from what I've learned about hyacinth on this page and only one or two others, I'd say that because they're a "winter flower" (early bloomers can often be seen poking flowers up through the snow before it's fully melted) and are plants which need a cold period (ie. winter in the northern States and Canada, Russia, etc.) in order to germinate properly, a cold-room, cool cellar, or fridge would work. I'd personally suggest the fridge if you live in Texas: a cellar might not be cold enough. The fridge is obvously going to be dark when it's closed, but for those moments when you have it open (unless you have a spare fridge you use only for overwintering hibernating plants), a paper bag would be a good idea. In the crisper would be a double measure of safety, especially if the drawers aren't transparent. An open container on a shelf is going to let light in. Remember that light is needed for the growth. You don't want growth during hibernation. It's that exact reason I keep shovelling snow back onto my garden every time it gets warm enough to melt this year. It's only the end of January. Nothing should be green yet (the grass under the eaves is turning green), and if I left my garden to melt and start coming out of hibernation this early, the chances of my plants surviving until spring are slim. They'd start to grow, then get frozen right to the roots and never recover from the shock.

So. Protect your hibernating bulbs from light and any temperatures warm enough for things to grow.

Care for hyacinth

I have had hyacinth flowers in my garden for years and for some reason when some of the flowers start to appear within the leaves they stop growing. I notice that the stem of the flower has been cut off by a very small worm. How can I get rid of that pest?

Hyacinth damage

This is caused by a cutworm and can be treated weekly with a permethrin based insecticed which is actually a natural solution, if this does not work try a snail slug and insect killer

Help! Hyacinths are keeled over!

I just moved into a new home (zone 4b) and am experiencing the spring blooms of the perennials the previous homeowner planted. I am a brand new gardener. I mean BRAND NEW. I just noticed two gorgeous purple hyacinths standing tall in bloom yesterday! We had some thunderstorms last night and this morning, and the poor things are keeled over! Will they stand again? If not, I want to know if I can cut the bloom to put them in a vase. I want to make sure the plants will still come up next spring. What do I do?

The flower stalk may or may

The flower stalk may or may not stand back up. I'm still trying to figure that one out myself. You can definitely cut the stalk close to the plant, but not so close you cut any leaves or the top of the bulb, and stick the flowers in a vase with water. I'm not sure how long they last as cut flowers, but as long as the flowers haven't started to dry out and brown yet, the water in the vase will keep them fresh for a little while at least. As for the plant coming back in the spring, absolutely. It may not flower again the same year if the shock from the storm was great enough, but it'll hibernate over the winter and be good as new next year. Just don't touch it after you lop off the fallen flower stalks.

Oops ...

A friend placed a pot of blooming hyacinths on my mother-in-law's grave around Easter with the intent for my husband and his sister to share the bulbs after they were done blooming, each planting a few in their flower beds to hopefully come up again next Spring. The blooms were spent so I dug up the bulbs, shook the dirt off the roots and set aside to dry for planting in the Fall. Now, after reading other comments, I realize I should have waited until the leaves were also wilted. Should I replant them in the container they were in, until the leaves die back, or is it OK to let the leaves dry with the bulbs (then cut them off?)???

It'll be too late, now. I

It'll be too late, now. I read somewhere that the roots are very fragile, so once you've taken it out of the soil, do not put it back. Let it brown the way it is then clip the leaves and put it somewhere dark and cold (not freezing) to hibernate. It'll already be doing some emergency shut down because some of the roots were probably broken while you took it from the soil.

I have 3 Hyacinth plants just

I have 3 Hyacinth plants just cut the flowers back and put the pots on my front porch do I need to keep watering the plant? I live in texas and I would like to replant them in the ground can I do that while the plants are still green? If not when can I replant them in the ground can the bulb be stored in a paper bag in the refridgerator?

If these were "forced" bulbs

If these were "forced" bulbs that you acquired in or near bloom outside of their normal season (say, at Easter), re-bloom is not likely, at least according to our sources. You might get foliage but probably no flower.
But you can try it: When the foliage yellows cut it off, then lift the bulbs. Shake or brush the heavy dirt off of the bulbs. Most sources indicate that storing them in a paper bag is fine; some say a refrigerator is too humid and a "crisper" drawer is better.

Hyacinth and deer

I have a fenced yard, but know that is a minor hurdle for a full grown deer. Will planting hyacinth attract them to my yard?

Though there is no such thing

Though there is no such thing as deer-resistant plants, hyacinth is not one of their favorites and usually on the "Seldom Damaged" lists.

Leave bulbs in pot and dirt (in shed) till next Spring?

First year for hyacinth and they're beauties. After they're done blooming and aging in their outdoor pot on the patio, can I leave the bulbs in the pot and dirt then store in a shed -- or do I need to remove the bulbs from the dirt? I live in the Pac NW and it gets humid, so guessing they'd stay dryer in their pot w/dirt. Saw the note to repot them every 3 years, but this is their first Spring. :-)

Potted hyacinths

You can leave the bulbs in the pot after blooming and the leaves die and then put the entire package into the shed. A requirement for rebloom is a fairly sustained period of cold (some sources suggest around 40°F to 50°F; certainly in snow country, it can get colder than that). Failure to experience that chill is likely to result in malformed plants. Good luck!

Thank you!

Appreciate the advice! :-D

Dead Hyacinthus

Receive these flower from my husband for Easter (bought at a local grocery store)I planted them in good soil watered them and they died with in two weeks of planting. I live in Maryland. Can any body tell me what I did wrong and will they flower next year?

water

It is possible that you overwatered them. Soggy, wet conditions promote bulb rot. Hard to tell exactly if they will flower next year... for sure things, pick up a few bulbs in the fall and plant them then.

hyacinths, after flowering where do I cut them?

I don't know where I need to cut the flowers when they die?

same thing happened to me and

same thing happened to me and i live in central Ohio i don't know what to do either.

Pleasant surprise!

Moved here to Mass, almost 4 years ago, and ours grows every spring, never knew the nname until, told by a Facebook friend. What a surprise, a pleasant one, ours is pink, just beautiful!

Happy to hear your pleasure!

Happy to hear your pleasure! Consider that your bulbs might get weary in a few years. Here's a thought: Pick up a few new hyacinth bulbs each fall and plant them. That will keep the color coming year after year. Cheers!

bulb

i have bulb which i got a a dollar store and the directions told me to put it in the bottle provided and keep in a cool dark place so i did had it in my cold room i watered the roots just to the bottom of the bulb and after about 9 weeks the roots were about 4 inches long and the plant started to grow then i brought it out into my kitchen and put it on the window and it grew and flowered beautifully i still only had it in the water it has died off now so can i keep the bulb and cut off the top stem part and dry it and do the same again next year.

Let the leaves turn brown

Let the leaves turn brown before you remove them. Keep the bulb in a dry, cool place over the summer. In the fall put it in a dark cold place for 9-12 weeks and you should have a bloom again next spring.

peat and repeat - thank you anonymous

I looked up your website and was very pleased to see I am not the only one that does not understand bulbs. I too bought from walmart these beautiful flowers. Thank You for the advice.

Mulching

Just wondering if putting mulch around the plants is ok. Thanks

Yes, you can spread mulch

Yes, you can spread mulch around your spring bulbs. It will smother weeds and keep the soil moist.

Need help

Hi, I brought a pot of 3 hyacinths last year. They bloomed and were beautiful! I waited for the flowers and leaves to die back and cooled them for the winter. I began watering the soil at the end of february and I noticed in mid-March that leaves were coming up. A lot of leaves came up but are drooping. Is that normal? And when should it start blooming? Am I going to get any this year? What should I do?
Thanks so much!
Nisha

The bulbs may be too crowded

The bulbs may be too crowded in the container. Keep watering and you may get some blooms this year. After the leaves have turned brown remove the bulbs from the container and let them dry. Then put them in a paper bag and keep them in a cool, dry place over the summer. Replant them in the ground or in a bigger pot in the fall.

Color change

WE have planted various color hyacins in our garden. All have bloomed whitr each year after. How do we generate colors again and why the white only changr?

Question.

I received a hyacinth for Easter. It had bloomed beautifully and the flowers have died. I know that I need to cut back the flower stalks and let the plant die by itself, my question is: Do I water the plant in the process or will watering it cause bulb rot? Its a beautiful plant. I would hate to lose it before next spring.

Keep the soil moist until the

Keep the soil moist until the leaves have turned yellow. Then let the soil dry out and store the bulb in a dark, dry place until planting time in the fall.

Poor flowering after first year

My hyacinths just came up for their 3rd spring, and the stalks were practically bare of flowers. I have never fertilized after the initial planting. Will fall and early spring fertilizing help my hyacinths bear blooms? Is there anything else I need do? (I live in the Pacific NW, Zone 7.)

Hyacinths need a boost in the

Hyacinths need a boost in the spring when the first green shoots appear. Fertilize with a 10-10-10 fertilizer or spread about 1 inch of compost over the flower bed.

Repotting hyacinths

Last year for Mother's Day I got a planter box with hyacinths and I put them in a dark room over the fall and winter. They came back this spring and are thru flowering, do I need to repot them?

Gardeners often repot

Gardeners often repot hyacinths after 3 or so years or service. If you repot, do it after the plant has bloomed and the foliage has died back (another 6 weeks).

Hyacinth

My daughter gave me a beautiful, full purple hyacinth plant for Easter and it is in full bloom in a pot (looks like 8 bulbs). I live in NJ and it's still pretty cold. Can I plant it or wait until the weather gets warmer? Not sure exactly where to put it yet. Does is grow very big, into a bush? Thank you.

Sounds lovely! And what a

Sounds lovely! And what a lovely daughter, too. You'll see that this question has been asked (and answered) on this page . . .
Allow the flower to finish its blooming performance for you! After the flower has bloomed it's natural for it to die back. Cut off the flower stalk and let the plant rest. You can plant it outside in the spring or you can wait until fall when most spring blooming bulbs are planted. In NJ, the bulb should receive the cold period in the ground that it needs to develop new blooms for next year.

My Easter Hyacinth in NJ has

My Easter Hyacinth in NJ has finished blooming. It says, to cut off the flower stalk. How far back do you cut? Let the plant rest and can put outside in the spring as in NJ it gets enough cold. So if I cut off the flower stalk now, can I go ahead and plant the rest since spring already, or to I have to let is REST, and for how long?

After it blooms in the spring

After it blooms in the spring it will die back and come up and bloom again next spring.

How do we know what zone we are in?

I live in the Florida Keys.. Is it possible to grow Hyacinths here?

Hyacinth bulbs do not do well

Hyacinth bulbs do not do well that far south. You are in zones 10 or 11. See zone page on our site here: http://www.almanac.com/content/plant-hardiness-zones As stated above, hyacinth grow in zones 4 to 9. However, there are many tropical bulbs that do grow well in your area: Canna, Dahlia, Day Lily, Gladiolus, Iris, and more.

Hyacinth in Key West

Your plant will do fine! they will continue to grow but they need to be cared for in your zone. You will have to cut your stalks after the blooms are finished. Then when you see the rest of the plant die back about 70% cut the leaf then dig up the bulbs and place in a paper bag. In November refrigerate to 40 degrees From Thanks Giving To one week before Christmas. then replant no more than 3 Inches deep or re-pot at same depth. keep soil moist not socked. wallah!

As stated, they are a

As stated, they are a cold-winter plant. You can certainly winter them in a paper bag in the fridge to simulate the cold winter it would get in its native climates. If you put it outside in the spring, make sure to put it in a cooler, shady spot so it doesn't burn. A burned plant isn't likely to be healthy later. Water it (assuming there isn't enough rain to keep the soil from drying right out) only in the cool parts of the day like at dawn or after the evening cool sets in. Watering it in the heat of the day will also cause it to burn.

Is it okay to plant hyacinth bulbs now or is it too late.

I pulled the bulbs up last year because I wanted to move them to a new bed. They were stored in the basement over the winter. Is it too late to plant them now. I live in Northwest Ohio.

In Ohio, you plant hyacinth

In Ohio, you plant hyacinth bulbs in the fall (Sept/Oct). They are spring-blooming flowers. Bulbs should go in the ground before the first hard frost, ideally 6 weeks prior when soils are below 60 degrees F.

accidentally over watered

I accidentally over watered the pots and water did not drain. Can I revive these flowers or is it over?

It depends if the wet

It depends if the wet conditions lead to bulb rot. If so, the plant must be removed. Let it dry out. Time will tell.

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