Hyacinth

I found these Hyacinth bulbs at Menards yesterday and could resist bringing a little bit of spring home with me. I’ll take more pictures when they are blooming.

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Growing Hyacinths

  • Plant hyacinth bulbs in fall, 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60 degrees F.
  • This is usually during September and October in the North, and October and November in the South.
  • Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2 to 4-inch layer of compost.
  • Dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep.
  • Set the bulb in the hole, pointy end up, then cover with soil and press firmly.
  • Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

After they bloom in spring, allow the plants to grow until the leaves die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next year. To remove the dead plant, either snip them off at the base, or twist the leaves while pulling lightly.

Hyacinth Plant Care

  • Keep Hyacinths watered during dry spells in fall.
  • After the plants have finished flowering in spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally, hiding the unsightly foliage with annual or perennial plantings.
  • An annual application of compost should provide adequate nutrients.
  • Flower size may decline in subsequent years, so some gardeners treat Hyacinths as annuals and plant fresh bulbs each fall.
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