‘White Pearl’ hyacinths are remarkable hyacinths because of their extraordinary white bloom.
In pots or in the ground, they are magnificent when combined with other colors.
White pearl hyacinth facts
Name – Hyacinthus orientalis ‘White Pearl’
Family – Liliaceae (lily family)
Type – bulb flower
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
Planting ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths
Outdoor ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths planted directly in the ground for spring blooms:
- It is best to plant your ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths in fall, 4 inches (10 cm) deep, and they will bloom in spring.
- ‘White Pearl’ 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 also our tips to plant plant bulbs in clay and waterlogged soil.
Potted ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths for fall or winter blooming
‘White Pearl’ hyacinths can easily be forced, which allows them to bloom earlier and decorate our homes during winter.
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.
Caring for ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths
Outdoor ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths planted directly in the ground
‘White Pearl’ 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 ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths
‘White Pearl’ 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 ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths
With their nice bunched flowers, they produce fragrant little white colored bells.
‘White Pearl’ 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 in bouquets, they can be combined with pastel, pink or blue colors for outstanding decorative impact.
Smart tip about hyacinths
Don’t be surprised by the fact that ‘White Pearl’ hyacinths bloom less and less over the years, this is inevitable.
You must remember to add new bulbs regularly.