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Hyacinth in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Hyacinthus orientalis

 

Hyacinth

Hyacinths will give great shows of colour and scent in Spring. They have glossy strap-shaped leaves, and the flowers spikes of bell-shaped flowers with recurved petals, They can be grown outdoors, or in containers indoors. If growing indoors, specially prepared bulbs can provide flowers in mid Winter.

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plant Features
  • Hyacinth likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Hyacinth likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Hyacinth is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Hyacinth likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Hyacinth

Latin name

Hyacinthus orientalis

type

Bulb

family

Asparagaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Hyacinth likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Hyacinth is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Hyacinth likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Hyacinth likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Hyacinth is 0.08meters x 0.30meters 0.08 M 0.30 M

Hyacinthus orientalis

Hyacinths will give great shows of colour and scent in Spring. They have glossy strap-shaped leaves, and the flowers spikes of bell-shaped flowers with recurved petals, They can be grown outdoors, or in containers indoors. If growing indoors, specially prepared bulbs can provide flowers in mid Winter.


Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Hyacinths are highly scented Spring flowering bulbs, but can flower in mid Winter if specially prepared bulbs are planted in containers indoors. Outdoor bulbs will normally flower in Spring

 

Planting

From Early Autumn TO Early Autumn

Plant hyacinth bulbs in fertile, free-draining soil, in a position where they will get plenty of sun. Wear gloves, as the bulbs can be an irritant. Plant the bulbs about 4" deep and at least 3" apart. If the soil is not free-draining, dig in organic matter to improve the drainage. If planting in containers, use a good compost, such as 2 parts John Innes No 2 mixed with 1 part grit or sand

 

Propagating by "Scooping"

From Late Summer TO Late Autumn

With scooping, all of the basal plate of a healthy, dormant bulb is scooped out using a sterilised, sharpened teaspoon or scalpel, leaving the outer rim intact. Place scooped bulbs, with the base uppermost, on a layer of moist, coarse sand in a dark, warm place, like an airing cupboard.Bulbs should be checked regularly for disease and the sand kept moist. Bulblets form on the exposed edge of the scales (i.e. in the scooped section) after three months. In late autumn plant the mother bulb (with bulblets attached) the right way up, outside in a free bed and cover with 5-7.5cm (2-3in) of soil. In early summer, after the leaves of the mother bulb have died down, carefully lift the new bulbs which will be the size of peas or small marbles (note: the old mother bulb will have rotted away). Line out the bulbs in beds, lifting and replanting each year until they are full size

 
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