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.

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  • 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.


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



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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.

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.


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.