As one of symbols of Spring, the blooming Hyacinth leaves us a deep impression by bright colors and intense fragrance. Hyacinths are in the lily family that flower every spring for several years. Whether grown in the ground or in a pot or even in water in a bulb vase, hyacinth become a must have in every spring landscape through their colorful flowers that are tubular shaped. And the hyacinth mixture with a variety of colors is even more surprising. So are you interested in learning how to grow them?
Tips for Growing Hyacinth:
While they do well within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, they will still need winter protection in the zone lower than 5. Planting in fall is the key to success because the bulb experiences winter temperatures and breaks dormancy. In warm climates, to see hyacinths blooming in Spring, the bulbs need to be pre-chilled before planting. When plant them make sure to leave a third of the bulb above the soil.
*** Hyacinths perform best under conditions of warmth and humidity. The ideal growth temperature for hyacinths stays in the range of 40 °F to about 60 °F.
*** The growth of any plant requires RIGHT SOIL, and hyacinth is no exception. They do very well in soil that is fertile, porous, and right pH(neutral to slightly alkaline).
*Among them, drainage and organic matter are the essential things for bulbs. Without well drain, the bulb sits in water and leads to rot. So it needs you to make a test for drainage.
*If your soil has low nutrients, the easiest way is to toss some bone meal into holes that you are digging approximately 4 inches deep.
Soil tip for indoor pots:
A potting mix of 5 parts of soil(produced by the rotting leaves) and three parts of garden soil and 1.5 parts of coarse sand, and 0.5 part of bone meal is ideal for growing Hyacinths in pots.
*** Hyacinth also does well in partial shade but producing fewer blooms, so you’d better plant your hyacinth bulbs in FULL SUN. Lack of sunlight will stunt the plant’s growth and produce small flower buds, and leaves will start to turn brown.
*** Water thoroughly after bulbs planting, but make sure the ground is dry out between watering. Too much water will cause the bulbs to rot.
*** It doesn’t need extra care in good soil. But if your garden soil has low nutrients, you’d better scratch some 5-5-10 slow release plant food into the nearby ground and watering well, especially when leaves and flower buds emerge.