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Hyacinths give off a lovely floral scent and are a colorful addition to any garden. Grow hyacinth bulbs in full sun and select an assortment of different hues for a fun variety of blooms in the spring.

Hyacinth Bulbs for Sale from K. van Bourgondien

What would spring be without the sweet fragrance of hyacinths? Hyacinths bloom in mid spring—about the same time as daffodils. Growing 8-12 inches tall, they're ideal for beds and borders or as informal accents among perennials or ground covers. They can even be forced for indoor enjoyment. Choose from colors ranging from white, pink, lavender, blue and yellow. Our garden professionals have even selected mixtures of colors that complement each other beautifully. Keep in mind that you'll get bigger plants and flowers if you start with bigger bulbs. K. van Bourgondien offers large, plump hyacinth bulbs for sale.

Hyacinth Bulbs: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase

Growing hyacinths is fairly easy, and they require little maintenance. To get the most out of your hyacinth bulbs, make sure that you meet their basic requirements: they grow in zones 4-9, in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil.

When to Plant Hyacinth Bulbs

Hyacinths and other spring-blooming bulbs, like tulips, daffodils and crocuses, are planted in the fall. When selecting a site, keep in mind that they often bloom before many deciduous trees leaf out in the spring. They need at least 4-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. The soil must drain well. If it doesn't, the bulbs may rot. Adding aged manure or compost may improve the soil's drainage.

How to Plant Hyacinth Bulbs

Depending on the look you're going for, hyacinth bulbs can be planted in rows or clumps. If planting in clumps, we recommend 3-4 bulbs. They should be planted 4-6 inches deep and 3-6 inches apart.

How to Care for Hyacinths

Hyacinths should receive about 1 inch of water a week during the growing season. Lightly mulching protects the bulbs over winter and can also suppress weeds.

Growing Hyacinths Indoors

Their fragrance and gorgeous flowers make hyacinths a favorite for forcing for indoor enjoyment. If planting indoors, keep in mind that hyacinths need a period of cold weather, called pre-chilling, in order to bloom as they should. The pre-chilling period should last about 10-12 weeks during which the hyacinth bulbs are kept in the dark with the temperature consistently between 35-50°F. Once the leaves start to emerge, it'll take around 3 weeks for the hyacinths to bloom. When growing hyacinth bulbs in containers, make sure to use pots with drainage holes. A single bulb needs a 4-inch diameter pot. If planting three bulbs together, use a pot with at least a 6-inch diameter.

When do Hyacinths Bloom?

If planted outside, hyacinths usually bloom in mid spring. If forced indoors, they can often bloom about 12 weeks after planted in pots.

What to Do With Hyacinth Bulbs After Flowering?

After hyacinths are done blooming, let the foliage die down naturally. Do not cut the foliage. The leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs to produce future growth and blooming in the coming years. Many gardeners plant hyacinths with later-blooming bulbs, like alliums, or with perennials, to hide the fading foliage.
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