Hyacinths, a must-have bulb flower

Pink hyacinth with fresh garden mulch

Hyacinth is definitely among the most beautiful bulb flowers.

Top Hyacinth facts

FamilyLiliaceae (lily family)
Typespring bulb

Height – 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Outdoor blooming – March to April
Indoor blooming – December to March

They are normally planted outdoors, but they are often seen inside our homes at the beginning of winter.

Planting hyacinths

Planting and caring for hyacinths from spring to winter, here are the best practices.

Outdoor hyacinths planted in the ground

  • It is best to plant your hyacinths in fall, 4 inches (10 cm) deep, and they will bloom in spring.
  • Hyacinths are much more appealing if you create clustered spots of color.
    For that, you should plant bulbs in groups, spacing them 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) apart.
    The more, the merrier!
  • Check our advice on planting bulbs in the ground.
  • Here are our tips to plant plant hyacinths in clay and waterlogged soil.

Potted hyacinths for fall or winter blooming

It is possible to make hyacinths bloom inside your house, from fall till the beginning of spring.

Starting in September and until January,

  • In a pot or tray, prepare a bed of soil mix 1 to 1½ inches (3 to 4 cm) thick.
  • Place the bulbs so that they touch, to create a nice clumping effect.
  • Cover with soil mix, barely letting the tip of the bulbs jut out.
  • Place the pot in a cool, dark and rather moist place.
  • As soon as leaves sprout, place the pot in a well-lit place that is slightly warmer, around 50°F (10°C).
  • A few days later, you can bring them in your house to admire the blooming.

Pruning and caring for hyacinths

Planting hyacinths in the open

Hyacinths that are planted in fall will bloom in spring. This is the normal, natural blooming cycle.

  • When blooming is over, cut leaves back only when they have already turned yellow, and only then. The span of time between blooming and wilting leaves is when the bulb is stocking up on nutrients for the next blooming cycle.

Potted hyacinths

Hyacinths purchased and grown in pots are for indoor blooming in winter. It is useless to keep them in their pots, because they will not bloom again, unless they are planted outdoors.

  • When blooming is over, no need to keep your potted hyacinths, because those that have bloomed indoors will only bloom once.
  • However, if you plant them outdoors in the ground, they will bloom again one or two years later.

All there is to know about hyacinths

With their nice bunched flowers, they produce fragrant little bells.

Hyacinths put on a great show at the very beginning of spring outdoors, and in December when grown indoors.

In flower beds, garden boxes or bouquets, their pastel pink, blue or white colors will enchant you.

Hyacinths are grouped into the following categories:

  • Garden hyacinths are those that are often potted during the Christmas season.
  • These include Paris hyacinths, also called ‘provincialis’, and Roman hyacinths, with latin name ‘albulus’.
    Roman hyacinths are more sturdy over the years.

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Smart tip about hyacinths

Don’t be surprised by the fact that garden hyacinths bloom less over the years, this is inevitable.
You must remember to add new bulbs regularly.