Hyacinths (Hyacinthus) grow from bulbs, each producing around four to six leaves and one to three flower spikes. Hyacinths bloom midway through Spring, bringing welcome colour to the garden. Not only do they bring an array of colours, these also have one of the most perfumed smelling Spring flowers.
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Mixed, Blue Pearl, Spring Beauty, Splendid Cornelia, Yellow Stone, Purple Star, White Pearl, Apricot Passion, Aqua, Woodstock, Fondant.
Flowering: August, September, October
Scientific Name: Hyacinthus orientalis
Planting depth: Base of bulb: 6 inches below soil
Planting: Feb, Mar, Apr, May
Soil PH: 6 - 7 Neutral to Acidic. They require well draining soil. They do not tolerate wet soils.
Best Spot in the garden: Full sun to partial shade. Aim to give them 6 - 8 hours of sunlight a day. Using deciduous shade (tree shade) is recommended
Brief History of the Hyacinth
Turkey - Mohamed II, who successfully invaded Constantinople in 1453. Suleiman the Magnificent was in control of the Ottoman empire from 1520-1566. Both of these leaders were devoted to gardens, having Hyacinths, Tulips and many other bulbs cultivated in the cities gardens
Europe - Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) the curator of the botanical gardens in Leiden. This is when the mass cultivation of Hyacinths began. It was through him that the dutch became the commercial bulb growing centre of the world
When and how to plant Hyacinths
Hyacinths should be planted mid to late Autumn. Such as other Spring flowering bulbs, anytime after the first frost is the time to plant these bulbs.
- Plant Hyacinths 6 inches deep, in well drained soil
- Place the bulb in soil with the pointy end facing up
- After planting, water thoroughly
- If you are planting a large number of Hyacinths, dig out a larger area and have clumps of 6-9 bulbs per plot.
- Planting in pots 1 - 3 bulbs
Water thoroughly after planting your Hyacinths. Water only during winter if there is not much rain. Allow the ground to dry before watering, as you can overwater. Overwatering can cause your bulbs to rot, which will kill them.
When planting your bulbs, throw in some slow release fertiliser pellets into the hole.
Use well draining soil as a mixture.
Apply Grow Micro liquid fertiliser into water and water thoroughly after planting.