Hyacinth Single Bulb - Spring Flowering Bulb (Assorted Colours)
Hyacinths are generally easy to look after. The bulbs can be left in the ground from year to year, or they can be lifted after flowering and after the foliage has died down. Store them in dry compost in a cool, dry place until it's time to replant them in autumn.
When they finish flowering, the bulbs start to build up their strength and produce their flower buds for the following year. This is the most important time of year and when the plants need some care and attention.
Start by deadheading as soon as the flowers have faded. You can either carefully pull or cut off the faded flower, plus the developing seed pod behind the flower, but allow the leaves to die down naturally. Don’t be tempted to remove the foliage before it has turned brown, as the bulbs need the leaves to feed them.
You can build up their strength further by giving them a liquid feed every 10 to 14 days while they’re still in leaf.
When the bulbs are in their cold, dark conditions, check regularly for signs of leaf growth. When this is 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long, bring them into a light, but not bright, cool room – around 10C (50F) – for a few weeks until the flower buds can be seen. They can then be moved to their flowering positions.
Prepared bulbs can't be used for indoor displays the following year, but they can be planted in the garden after first hardening them off once the foliage has died down.
Hyacinths may also be susceptible to the following pests and diseases: Eelworms, Narcissus fly, Bulb rot.
Flowering season(s): Spring, Winter
Foliage season(s): Spring, Winter
Sunlight: Partial shade, Full sun
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy
Soil pH: Neutral
Soil moisture: Moist but well-drained
Ultimate height: 25cm (10in)
Ultimate spread: Up to 15cm (6in)
Time to ultimate height: 6 months