How to Care
Hyacinths grow well in any well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. Loosen the soil before planting and work in some compost. Plant hyacinth bulbs in autumn at 4 inches deep and a minimum of 3 inches apart. Set the bulb in the hole with the pointy end up.
After planting and covering with soil, water thoroughly. If you are transplanting, water sparingly and then do not water again until flower buds appear the following year.
But do water hyacinths in the event of a dry autumn!
Protect container-grown plants from excessive winter moisture and after plants are finished flowering in the spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally.
Pests and Diseases
Hyacinths are prone to grey mould and bulb rot.
- Hyacinthus orientalis Miss Saigon has tightly-packed blossoms with deep purple-pink florets.
- Muscari armeniacum are small and delicate cobalt-blue flowers which look gorgeous when planted en masse for a carpet of soft blue.