Can forced hyacinths be planted outdoors, and more hyacinth facts

Pink hyacinth blooming

When forced, they spread their fragrant smell in our houses in winter.

After that, spring comes along and they are a pleasure to the senses with their colors and fragrance.


This fabulously fragrant flower is as perfect for the garden as it is for an indoor pot.

Hyacinth, a short story

Potted hyacinth, to be transfered outdoorsHyacinths are native to West Asia, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.

This flower has a powerful fragrance and is a symbol of peace, power and simplicity, too.

A poet, in his heyday, had compared the hair of his beloved to the elegant stature of hyacinths.

Today, the curly movements of petals on garden hyacinth flowers is best described with the word “locks”.

  • In gardens, caretakers often plant them directly in the ground in fall. They then bloom from April to June, depending on the variety and on the climate. Hyacinth does best in humus-rich, well drained, light soil (add sand eventually).
  • They like sun, but can nonetheless bear a little shade, and are extremely hardy, down to 5°F (-15°C).
  • Once leaves have withered, they are easily propagated. All you have to to is collect the small bulbs that will have appeared to the side of the mother bulb. Plant these smaller bulbs in fall. Their flowers will be smaller and less furnished than during the first year or two.
  • However, planting bulbs that have bloomed for Christmas is often less successful. They were forced in greenhouses, and would not survive the gap in the season cycle. Ideally, they should be planted in spring a full year later, but fall at the end of the first summer also lets roughly one in two survive.

To benefit from their intense perfume, plant hyacinths near your house, along walkways, under your windows, in your meditation garden

Nice hyacinth bouquets

Hyacinths grow very well in our houses, balconies and terraces. They’re perfect for large pot arrangements.

Feel free to slice the stem and create nice, fragrant hyacinth bouquets. Most often, colors come in a range of white, pink and violet, with shades of blue.

Ever since hyacinths started selling hyacinths whole, with their bulb, quality has greatly increased. Cut hyacinths are increasingly appearing in floral art. Their appealing colors make them perfect matches for all seasonal bouquets.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Outdoor pink hyacinth (also on social media) by Sarah Sammis ★ under © CC BY 2.0
Hyacinth indoors, potted by Mike Finn ★ under © CC BY 2.0