Hyacinths

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Botanical name: Hyacinthus

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil type: Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Purple, White

Bloom time: Spring

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.

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.

Pests

Recommended Varieties

  • Hyacinthus orientalis Miss Saigon has tightly-packed blossoms with deep purple-pink florets.
  • Muscari armeniacum are small and delicate cobalt-blue flowers which look gorgeous when planted en masse for a carpet of soft blue.

Hyacinth Picture

A snow-covered hyacinth is a harbinger of spring!

Credit: Kathea Secrist

Comments

I was given a small potted

By AmyC-S on June 24

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

By Diane Petrus on June 22

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

By Almanac Staff on June 23

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

By pollyshopper2001

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?

Like Poly, I have seed pods

By Friday Phil

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?

Polly, remove the pods by

By Almanac Staff

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

By Joy Plaster

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.

Before reading your comments,

By Joyce Wixson

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.

Hi, Joyce, Hope springs

By Almanac Staff

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 ...

The mistake you made was to

By Alan Shipp

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,

By Almanac Staff

Thanks for helping out here, Alan!

Hi, I have been receiving

By CLK Island Lake

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Chiffon bigbucks

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Alan Shipp

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

By Terry T

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

By Almanac Staff

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,

By TheGardeningSnail

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

By Almanac Staff

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

i have a hyacinth bed now for

By anonymous

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?

I know that Acid-tone is used

By Kat617

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!

The only logical reason for

By Alan Shipp

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.

The colors may change a

By Almanac Staff

  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

By anonymous

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.

I have Hyacinth flowers in a

By Dima

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Debbra Sherouse

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Sara Quarles

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

I received my first hyacinth.

By Margie Baggett

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?

I know that people are always

By Alan Shipp

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.

If you're transplanting

By Almanac Staff

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

By SARA QUARLES

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 just bought a flower pot

By Martha White

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

By Alan Shipp

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

By Rachel Ross

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

By Alan Shipp

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

By L Glover

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?

At first I thought that the

By Alan Shipp

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.

Hyacinth plants will bloom as

By Totes

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

Just purchased hyacinth from

By SARA QUARLES

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

By Alan Shipp

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

By Rottieprincess

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Tracey Elliott

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Rita G

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

By Khoa Lai

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

By HeatherW

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..

It will be 16* tonight.. I

By HeatherW

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 :)

Hi Heather, You can plant the

By Almanac Staff

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

By HeatherW

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

I planted some hyacinth bulbs

By irishred507

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Sofia

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. :)

The most important thing is

By Alan Shipp

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.

1. Whichever way that is

By Khoa Lai

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.

My mum brought my a pot of

By Emma Mulvihill

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By thergonz

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Misann

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Thistlefur

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Katie012

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

By Almanac Staff

 
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.

By Katie012

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

By sns49

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By anations6966

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Jstone

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

You can plant the bulbs in

By Almanac Staff

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 just got my first Hyacinth

By rose trammell

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

I'm pretty new to hyacinth,

By Stiainin Beglan

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?

One of the problems with

By Alan Shipp

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.

Heavy blooms usually cause

By Almanac Staff

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.

In order to make the stem

By Khoa Lai

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.

Not sure if this makes any

By Stiainin Beglan

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

By Alan Shipp

All hyacinths are varieties developed from the species hyacinthus orientalis.

I live in Arizona. We bought

By Cari Green

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By JuliaP

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By AmyRnew

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

By Bernard Engel

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

By Khoa Lai

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

By LouB

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Khoa Lai

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

By Stiainin Beglan

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.

It's kinda weird cos' I put

By Khoa Lai

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.

I live in a warm climate (so.

By Love to grow

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

By Khoa Lai

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.

My mother passed along three

By Flora63

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Aamir

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

By Khoa Lai

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

By Orchid girl

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By patricia a cordella

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Sbyvl36

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Edgar Tapia

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

By Stiainin Beglan

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

By frank brown

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

By FlowersofTomorrow

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

By shalaka

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

By FlowersofTomorrow

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

By Jb21

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

Possibly what happened is you

By Stiainin Beglan

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.

We're not completely clear on

By Almanac Staff

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.

After reading all the

By Kathy Krueger

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Natalia Baker

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

Hi, I bought some hyacinths

By Mary Springman

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

By Kris Cole

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)

By krystalriver

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

Our sources suggest that

By Almanac Staff

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 was wondering the same

By April Lashway

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

By Almanac Staff

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.

I have had these bulbs for 5

By Renee McClung

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Stiainin Beglan

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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!

By Anonymous

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

By Stiainin Beglan

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 ...

By Anonymous

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

By Stiainin Beglan

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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?

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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!

By Anonymous

Appreciate the advice! :-D

Dead Hyacinthus

By Anonymous

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?

same thing happened to me and

By Anonymous

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

hyacinths, after flowering where do I cut them?

By Anonymous

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

water

By Almanac Staff

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.

Pleasant surprise!

By Anonymous

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!

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By 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

By Anonymous

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

Yes, you can spread mulch

By Almanac Staff

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

Need help

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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.

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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

By Anonymous

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.

After it blooms in the spring

By Anonymous

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

Sounds lovely! And what a

By Almanac Staff

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

By Cheryl L Williams

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?

How do we know what zone we are in?

By Anonymous

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

As stated, they are a

By Stiainin Beglan

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.

Hyacinth in Key West

By Anonymous

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!

Hyacinth bulbs do not do well

By Almanac Staff

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.

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

By Anonymous

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

By Almanac Staff

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

Hyacinth in Seattle

By Anonymous

I bought a Hyacinth at Walmart that just starting to bloom. Can I plant it in a larger pot on my porch? When? I have other bulb flowers in my flowerbed that stay all winter. Can I do the same for these bulbs?

pot or not

By Almanac Staff

Do not——repeat: do not——disturb a blooming bulb. The plant is putting on its show; interrupting it will end that performance.
After the flower has passed and the foliage has wilted (do not remove foliage until then), you can plant the bulb in a larger pot or in the ground. Will it come back (flower again) is another question. 1) Bulbs need a cold spell. 2) While hyacinths are pretty reliable, the "forced" (made to bloom at a particular time) stock of some retail vendors is not as reliable as others.

Can you grow hyacinth from seed pods?

By Anonymous

After my hyacinth blooms every year seed pods appear on the plant. Can you produce a new flower from these pods?

Seeding Hyacinth?

By Almanac Staff

No. Remove the seeds when the flowers fade, as the seeds take food from the bulbs.
There is a plant called a hyacinth bean and grows as a vine. Its seeds can be saved and planted—but this is very different from the hyacinth bulb.

What is the purpose of these

By New gardner

What is the purpose of these seed pods if they cannot be planted?

The seeds are usually

By Almanac Staff

The seeds are usually sterile.

seprate&repotting

By Anonymous

my hubby got me 3 hyacinth from walmart in one little pot for Easter. They haven't bloomed yet but are ready could I repot them in 3 different pots before they die

Let the hyacinths bloom

By Almanac Staff

Let the hyacinths bloom before you plant them in individual pots. If you divide them now you may hurt the roots.

Clearance Hyacinths at local big-box store.

By Anonymous

So, I managed to score a deal of a whole shelf of hyacinths for a very, very low price that were forced in pots and have finished blooming (though a couple of them have a flower spike coming up) and the deal was so savoury that i could not pass them up.

Thing is, I'm new to bulbs and would like to ensure that they come back next spring. I had thought that it would be a simple thing of just transplanting them since I have a spot outside (gets about 3 hours direct and the rest diffused light) which i think would be perfect for them (I'm in the toronto zone... so, i think they'll tolerate this weather but i'm not 100% certain) but, since they're forced and near the end of their cycle, what suggestions can you give to ensure that i'm not doing something wrong and can make sure to enjoy them next year in spring?

What a great deal! You can

By Almanac Staff

What a great deal! You can plant the hyacinths outdoors as soon as you can dig holes in the soil and it's not too wet. See our planting tips above. Let the foliage die back naturally.

new to this plant

By Anonymous

I received one for my birthday. Potted, lots of flowers. The part that has the blooms are bent over, are they supposed to be this way? In pictures on the web they appear to stand, why isn't mine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

The flower head is too heavy

By Almanac Staff

The flower head is too heavy for the stem. Put a small stake (a pencil will do) in the pot to support the flower.

Southern California Hyacinth growing

By Anonymous

I received two hyacinths in small pots, they've bloomed & I cut back the flower stems. I've had them indoors to enjoy. I live in Simi Valley, CA - essentially desert- like conditions. Should I store the bulbs until fall in a cool place or plant them in the ground now or force chill them for another bloom indoors?

Let the bulbs dry out and

By Almanac Staff

Let the bulbs dry out and then put them in a bag and store them in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 months. After the cooling period you can plant them in containers or in the ground (if the weather is cool).

Jacinto

By Anonymous

I received Hyacinth bulbs for my birthday around March 11th and the bloomed beautifully within days (indoors) it is now March 23rd and some of the flowers look as if they are dry or yellowish. I live in NY even though it's Spring temp is still H-48F to L-31F. Help what should I do?

jacinto's dilemna

By Almanac Staff

What you "should" do depends on what you want to do.
You can put the bulbs aside for the remainder of spring and then summer (see storage recommendations below in this message) and then, in the fall plant them in the ground or in a pot:
Think of this, like a lot of gardening, as an experiment. We have planted store-bought potted bulbs after their first bloom and had great success. Some people have success repotting bulbs; some don't. This is because some bulb cultivars are just not suitable. Without knowing that cultivar yours is, all you can do it try.
Usually spring-blooming bulbs are planted in fall (mid-Sept to Dec). Store them where temps are below 63°F and the bulbs get air circulation (in an open tray, not in a closed bag, for example).
Check the details at the top of the page for soil requirements. Plant the bulbs in a pot with drainage holes. Wear gloves; hyacinth contain oxalix acid, which can produce irritation on the skin.
The bulbs require cold of 35°F to 48°F for approximately three months—ideally, winter months.
When ready, remove the pot to 60°F in sunlight and water occasionally.
Good luck!

outdoor potting for Hyacinth

By Anonymous

I live in an apartment complex and I cannot plant any flowers in the ground, can I use a flower pot to winter my two hyacinth flowers without killing them? And what type of soil best suits these plants? They are store bought and in what looks like sand.

Potted hyacinths

By Almanac Staff

Think of this, like a lot of gardening, as an experiment. We have planted store-bought potted bulbs after their first bloom and had great success. Some people have success repotting bulbs; some don't. This is because some bulb cultivars are just not suitable. Without knowing that cultivar yours is, all you can do it try.
Usually spring-blooming bulbs are planted in fall (mid-Sept to Dec). Store them where temps are below 63°F and the bulbs get air circulation (in an open tray, not in a closed bag, for example).
Check the details at the top of the page for soil requirements. Plant the bulbs in a pot with drainage holes. Wear gloves; hyacinth contain oxalix acid, which can produce irritation on the skin.
The bulbs require cold of 35°F to 48°F for approximately three months—ideally, winter months.
When ready, remove the pot to 60°F in sunlight and water occasionally.
Good luck!

Blue hyacinth leaves yellowing

By Anonymous

I have a hyacinth and its fully bloomed but the tops of the leaves are yellowing. Its a new plant and I did move the plant into a bigger vase while it was blooming. Was this a bad idea? What can I do to help my plant?

The main reason for yellowing

By Almanac Staff

The main reason for yellowing leaves is aphids or insufficient nutrients. Hyacinth are heavy feeders. Add plant food! Spray with insecticide if needed.

How to care in arizona

By Anonymous

I bought a hyacinth at Walmart and planted it in a pot outside. It bloomed beautifuly for a couple of weeks but the blooms are now dying. The stems are still green. I give it 3-6 hrs of Sun and water it daily. Did I do something wrong? What should I do now? Will it bloom again this spring/summer? I'm very confused. This is my first hyacinth. I am moving back to TN in a couple of months and want to transfer them to my outside flower beds. Please help.

Hyacinth bulb

By Anonymous

These bulbs flower for only a couple weeks then finish, most likely will not bloom in the summer, once per year in spring. Cutt the dead flowers off and let the green stem and leaves go yellow before cutting them to the ground.

Snow

By Anonymous

The hyacinths I planted in fall are about an inch out of ground, and I woke up this morning to more snow. Are they going to die? What can I do?

Hyacinths are very hardy.

By Almanac Staff

Hyacinths are very hardy. They are not going to die and the snow acts like a cozy blanket around your hyacinths.

plant hyacinth in the spring

By Anonymous

Is it possible to plant hyacinth bulbs now which have never flowered before this spring. Will it flower this year or not?

The bulbs need a cooling

By Almanac Staff

The bulbs need a cooling period before they bloom. You can put them in your refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks and then plant them.

Hyacinth in water vase

By Anonymous

I received a hyacinth in a water vase and it has been blooming, but the flowers are now dieing. Should I just pick the dead flowers off individually or cut the hole stock off?

I have bulbs in water vase.

By mt

I have bulbs in water vase. after they bloom and I cut the blooms do I cease to keep the water in the vase until the roots die off or can I plant them in the ground now. Jan.2014

After the flower fades cut

By Almanac Staff

After the flower fades cut off the stem. If you want to plant the bulb this fall let the leaves die back and then store the bulb in a cool dark place until fall.

hyacinth in tennessee

By Anonymous

i received a Valentines hyacinth from my husband...it was in full bloom and lasted 3 more weeks.. now it has died back...should i plant him outside and wait for another spring blooming?.i am in Tennessee and it is now march 1st!!

You can plant the hyacinth

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the hyacinth outdoors now but it's not going to rebloom this spring. With luck it will bloom next spring in your garden.

flower stalk wilting

By Anonymous

I received a Hyacinth plant for Valentines. It has bloomed beautifully but now two of the flowering stalks have fallen over. Is this normal? It is sitting in a South facing window. When can this be planted outside and what care should it get then. We live in Alberta and our winters can go from +5 down to -45 through the winter months. Sometimes lots of snow cover not always.

Wow, sorry, what part do you

By Stiainin Beglan

Wow, sorry, what part do you live in where you'd include +5 in the normal range? :P Up around Edmonton area, +5 is a worrisome temperature before the end of February. Like now. For the last week and half we've been melting more than refreezing. I keep having to shovel snow back onto my plants, but I got up this morning and I see grass in places where I've shoveled snow away. We're not even out of January yet. It's just a good thing we got a few huge dumps this year.

I bought a hyacinth the other day, simply because Safeway had them and they were gorgeous and smell wonderful and my mum loves pretty smelling plants. The flower stalks were already a little tilted but then I put it in a corner of the living room that doesn't get much light at all and both stalks drooped heavily. We thought maybe it just wasn't getting enough light, so we put it in the North window (both South windows are already more than full) and I propped the fresher stalk up on another pot (the other one's already spent) but even with the light and water, it hasn't stood back up yet. I think it's probably just too heavy, which happens a lot with flowering plants that have huge heads of flowers clustered at the top of the stalk.

I'd say (I'm no expert) you could probably put it outside as soon as the ground thaws as long as it's not still in flower. It might stay green for the rest of the year or it might die down. DO NOT dig it up and throw it away if it does die down pretty early. Just leave it to come up again in the spring. Look up how far down to plant it for how cold it gets here. It'll be a few inches. If you're in the Edmonton area, we're zone 3. If you're down closer to Calgary, it's probably zone 4. I know you can't possibly be up North. :P

I'm in Edmonton. Just bought

By freezing my buns

I'm in Edmonton. Just bought bare hyacinth bulbs that are sprouting a bit. It's March :( My tulips are up but we probably have some winter left. At night it gets down to -10 celcius lately. I had asked if I could plant them right away. I meant beside my tulips…but I think she thought I meant in a pot indoors. Can I plant them now? will they ever flower or come back? It's a south facing flower bed. Very hot. Of course the rest of my yard is covered in snow. My flowers are up against the house so it stays warmish.
thanks

After the hyacinth has

By Almanac Staff

After the hyacinth 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. The bulb needs the cold period in the ground to develop new blooms for next year.

valentine Hyacinths

By Anonymous

I gave my Wife a pot of Hyacinths for valentines day,and they're flowered well now. I wonder if I could put it outside now and let it grow out in the flowerbed? I have beds in front an back of my house with good soil,which are covered with mulch right now. lha

You can plant the hyacinth in

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the hyacinth in the flowerbed. It probably will not bloom again this year. If you have cold winters let it stay in the ground. If you don't get freezing temperatures you need to dig the bulb in the fall and put it in the refrigerator for about 2 months. Then plant in a pot or outside if the soil is workable.

Growing hyacinth

By Anonymous

I am very fond of tulips and hyacinths.
Tried to grow tulips - total waste!
Can I grow hyacinths at least indoors?
I live in a hot humid tropics (Thailand).
Orchids are easy here, but not the flowers I love and miss, like roses, tulips, hyacinths etc.
N.B. I have a fridge. But room temp. is 30 to 40 Celsius. Do I have a chance?

You can try. Make sure to

By Almanac Staff

You can try. Make sure to keep the bulb in the refrigerator for about 2 months. Then plant it in a pot and keep the pot in the coolest part of your house.

purple hyacinth

By Anonymous

I received a bulb in a vase full of roots and now it has flowered but after a week, the flower is dying. The leaves still look healthy, what should I do? Plant it, or will it continue to grow in the vase? I live in Arizona so it doesn't really get too cold.

Let the leaves dye back and

By Almanac Staff

Let the leaves dye back and remove the bulb from the vase. When the bulb is dry put it in a paper bag and put it in your refrigerator for 10-12 weeks. Then plant it in a pot. Keep the pot in a sunny spot and keep the soil moist. You should have new blooms in about 2 months.

planting forced bulbs outside

By Anonymous

If I have received a hyacinth for Valentine's Day and it is now blooming, when should I plant the bulbs (I'm in Michigan).

Let the hyacinth dye back in

By Almanac Staff

Let the hyacinth dye back in the container. Store it in the basement over the summer months. No need to water. In the fall plant the bulb outside.

indoor

By Anonymous

Will this plant continue to grow and thrive in doors? or should these be planted out doors when the time comes. I got one with some beautiful pink blooms for Valentine's day, and I live in an apartment with no real yard to plant them in.

You can certainly grow

By Almanac Staff

You can certainly grow hyacinths indoors and enjoy their bloom. However, after flowering, you would want to plant the bulbs outdoors for another show of flowers. They can't really be used as houseplants. Outdoors, hyacinth should bloom for a few years but peter out; some gardeners just treat them as annuals and buy bulbs each year.

Hyacinth vines

By Cowell

My step mom gave me seeds for the hyacinth vine which I was unfamiliar with. The seeds are similar to watermelon seeds. I planted them and they have great looking vines. They ar just now finally blooming. I can't wait until my trellis is covered with this beautiful vine.

"Distinction" Hyacinth

By Black Violet

Are there any sources for the "Distinction" hyacinth? I would really like to grow it.

This old-fashioned hyacinth

By Almanac Staff

This old-fashioned hyacinth seems not to be available commercially right now. Visit garden forum web sites and post a request.

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