Growing Hyacinth

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Growing Hyacinth

Botanical Name:

Hyacinthus orientalis

Life Cycle:

perennial bulb

Planting Time:

fall (forcing in winter)


8" to 12"


full sun or partial shade


average to rich, well-drained soil


zones 3-7

Bloom Time:



clusters of star-shaped fragrant flowers on stiff, upright spikes; flower colors include pink, white, yellow, violet and blue; single, double or multi-flora Hyacinths





Suggested Use:

beds, borders, cut flowers, and displays; forcing bulbs

Growing Hints:

Bulbs are available in the fall with other spring bulbs. In most zones, bulbs can be planted to a depth of 4 to 5 inches. Colder zones may need to plant as deep as 8 inches and add mulch to protect the bulbs over winter. Remove the mulch in spring after frost danger has passed. Bulbs have a tendency to split into smaller bulbs (producing smaller flowers) the second year. Applying a balanced fertilizer in the spring as leaves emerge will help to keep plants more robust the following season. Cut back the stalks after flowers fade. Don't cut back the leaves until they die back naturally-give them time to provide the bulbs with nutrients for next year's growing season.

Interesting Facts:

To force hyacinth bulbs in water, weigh bulbs down in a vase or glass bowl with pebbles and fill it with water until it covers the lower half of the bulbs. Keep the vase cool (under 50ºF) and dark for approximately 4 to 8 weeks until roots begin to form and the shoots begin to elongate. Then bring the bulbs into a warm sunny area and watch them flower. Add water as necessary.
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September 21, 2011

At this time of year, we get ready to plant some hyacinth bulbs for Christmas. All year, I pick up pretty bowls from thrift shops and jumble sales as I see them.


In October, I'll fill them with bulb fibre and plant two or three bulbs in each one, covering the bulb.



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February 17, 2011

My husband gave me a beautiful hyacinth for Valentine's Day. Of course, it is blooming now. When should I plant it? I'm in Louisiana.

By Jacquelyn Valentine from Walker, LA


February 19, 20110 found this helpful

It is best to plant hyacinths in the fall, but since you will probably be planting in the spring, this article has a lot of info. in it that should be helpful to you.



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February 21, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out. This is exactly what I needed to know. Many grins!

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July 16, 2009

I have never planted bulbs before. I am interested in planting Hyacinth bulbs. Do they need full sun, partial sun, or shade. I am new to this and have no idea. Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Bobbi Podolsky from Richboro, PA


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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

My hyacinths are planted in partial shade and do very well. In early spring the buds on trees are beginning to show and there's little foliage to isolate the sun at this time.


The key to planting is what blooms in the spring, plant in the fall and what blooms in the fall, plant in the spring.

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November 2, 2007

How many flowers usually grow for each hyacinth bulb?

Hardiness Zone: 6a


November 2, 20070 found this helpful

The first year you might only get one flower of a small size. In following years you should get more & larger flowers. Maybe two or three the second year & there-after. The bulb will grow bigger &/or make more bulbs in following years, thus the plant will be bigger & have more flowers.


They can remain planted over winter especially if protected & will bloom again each spring (if squirrels don't dig them up!) The blooms smell so sweet planted near an entry way.

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Check out these photos.

March 18, 2014

Hyacinth planted in my office.

Closeup of beautiful pink hyacinth.


June 5, 2008

This is a photo of a hyacinth from my garden.

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