The carmine-red flowers are real attention getters in the garden!
The most fragrant of the spring-blooming bulbs, Dutch hyacinths sweetly perfume the air in April. The star-shaped florets, densely clustered along the 8-12" flower spikes, make a strong color statement. They are at home in formal beds or in groups of single colors—with early tulips, windflowers or daffodils—at the front of a sunny border. Try them in containers, where you can enjoy their magical scent to the fullest. When cut, spikes can last up to 2 weeks.
One cardinal rule for planting flower bulbs, is to plant them in soil that is well-drained. Check the proposed planting site for standing water after a rainfall. If you must plant where the soil is known to remain wet, raise the soil level by 6-12" above the surrounding soil.
When to Plant Flower Bulbs
Fall is the time when nearly all spring blooming bulbs are dormant and the pleasant weather allows for shipping and planting. Plant flower bulbs in September or October to allow the most root growth.
Watering Flower Bulbs
After planting flower bulbs, water thoroughly to settle the soil around them and to encourage the Start of root growth. If ample rain is lacking, it may be necessary to water new plantings once a week in the fall. Flower bulbs also require water after blooming, during the stage when foliage is ripening; water weekly if rain is sparse.