How & When to Plant Hyacinth: 4 Simple Steps
Originally from Europe, the Hyacinth plant had over 2,000 cultivars at one point. Now, there are around 60 commercially-cultivated varieties to choose from, and it’s one of the easiest spring bulb perennials to grow. Garden, containers, or even a bulb vase filled with water are all suitable for growing Hyacinth.
One of the biggest pros(and cons) is the Hyacinth’s strong aroma. Some people love how strong and fragrant the flowers are, but others are a little overwhelmed by the smell. Whether you like the smell or not, it’s hard to ignore the beauty of a group of Hyacinth plants in bloom.
If you live in a climate where temperatures get chilly in the fall and winter, Hyacinths are easy to grow. This guide will give you the information you need on how and when to plant them. And a few tips for ongoing care.
When to Plant Hyacinth
If you want spring-blooming Hyacinth, you’ll want to plant the bulbs approximately 1–2 months before the first frost of the fall. This typically ends up being somewhere between September and October in most places.
Unlike many other plants out there that need warmth, sun, and water to sprout, Hyacinth bulbs are the opposite. The bulbs need cooler temperatures to sprout. So, unless you live somewhere where the winter temperatures drop to the 30s regularly, you’ll need to purchase pre-chilled bulbs for successful growing.
The4 Steps on How to Plant Hyacinth
1. Choose Your Bulbs and Area
When you’re getting ready to plant, choose healthy bulbs. Your best bet is the large bulbs that show no signs of decaying or diseases.
Also, you’ll want to choose the area where you’re planting the bulbs. For the best fragrance, plan for multiple bulbs to be planted in one area. And because they thrive in full sun or partial sun, you’ll want to plant them somewhere that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. The more sun, the better.
2. Prepare the Soil
If the soil is high-quality and nutrient-rich, there isn’t much to do for prep. However, if the soil isn’t great, mixing in a 5-5-10 slow-release plant food prior to planting the bulbs will help. Once you do this, your bulbs will require little to know care until the spring.
There’s no specific depth that you must plant a Hyacinth bulb. Essentially, the size of the bulb determines the depth because you want to plant them approximately 3–4 times deep as they are tall.
4. Enjoy the Plant
Once the bulbs are in the ground, it’s time to let nature do its job. Over the winter, the chill will prepare the bulbs for sprouting in the spring. When spring hits and the plant begins to sprout, give the soil a bit of fertilizer.
Things to Remember When Planting Hyacinth
Hyacinth plants aren’t difficult to grow, but there are a few things to keep in mind when planting them to offer them the best chance of growing:
Looking After Hyacinth
Hyacinths don’t require a lot of ongoing maintenance. But there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for them.
They don’t need a lot of water. You want the soil to dry in between waterings. Depending on your climate, you should only need to water them once or twice a week. Hyacinths don’t like sitting in wet soil. This is why it’s so important that the soil is loose and drains well.
Hyacinths are pretty hardy and do well in USDA zones 4–8. Depending on where you live, you may need to protect the dormant bulbs over the winter, but they don’t require anything special in most cases.
Popular Hyacinth Varieties
There are around 60 cultivars to choose from, but here are some of the most common varieties for the home gardener:
Hyacinth plants will make a great addition to your cold climate garden. Unlike many other plants, these thrive from the cold weather over the winter. When taking care of a Hyacinth once it sprouts, the main thing is to let it dry out between watering, so the bulb doesn’t stay wet.
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