There is no surer sign of spring than the wonderful sight and intoxicating scent of hyacinths. They bloom at the same time as daffodils, narcissus, and some early varieties of tulips, and they blend perfectly in a combined landscaping arrangement. Hyacinths are highly valued for their use in borders or beds. The Hyacinth is still a very classic flower. It is praised for its even and consistently shaped flowers, its outstanding and unusual colors, its pleasant fragrance, and its ability to be forced to bloom indoors, more than three months prior to its normal outdoor flowering period. They bloom in early spring, from early March through late March, at a height of 10 inches and are deer resistant.
Planting Hyacinth Bulbs Outdoors
- Before you plant any bulbs, loosen the soil. You can also work compost or bonemeal into the soil for fertility.
- You'll want to plant hyacinth bulbs in the fall, before the first autumn frost.
- Plant the bulbs 4 inches deep and 3 inches apart, if not more. In USDA Zone 4, you'll want to plant the bulbs 6 - 8 inches deep.
- Plant your bulbs in well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade.
- Place the hyacinth bulb in the hole with the pointy end of the bulb pointing up. Cover the bulb with soil and water well.
Tips and Extra Info
- Hyacinth bulbs contain a substance called oxalic acid, which can irritate some people's skin. Make sure you use gloves when handling these bulbs for extended periods so you don't experience this irritation.
- Hyacinths especially dislike "wet feet", so please keep them in a nice spot with very well-drained soil.
- The hyacinth is a great bulb for borders and rock gardens, but it also does amazing as a cut flower.
- Hardy in Zones 4 through 9.