Hyacinths

Rate this Article: 

Average: 4.3 (102 votes)

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

Botanical Name: 

Hyacinthus

Plant Type: 

Sun Exposure: 

Soil Type: 

Hardiness Zone: 

Bloom Time: 

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/Diseases

Comments

Add new comment

Hyacinth in Seattle

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

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?

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

Seeding Hyacinth?

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

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

The seeds are usually

The seeds are usually sterile.

seprate&repotting

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

After the flower fades cut

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.

I have bulbs in water vase.

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

hyacinth in tennessee

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

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

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.

After the hyacinth has

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.

Wow, sorry, what part do you

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

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

valentine Hyacinths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This old-fashioned hyacinth

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

Pages