Hyacinth, Sensation Mix
Nothing is more fragrant in the spring garden than Hyacinths.
Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.
Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height The typical height of this product at maturity.
Spread The width of the plant at maturity.
Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.
Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
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Hyacinth Bulbs: Fall Planted Perennial Bulb
Planting Bulbs in Fall:
- Because your hyacinth bulbs will probably be left where you plant them for several years, good soil preparation is highly desirable. Hyacinth grows best in full sun in a light, well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Loose, crumbly soil beneath a bulb encourages good growth and promotes drainage; it is a good idea to prepare the soil at least a few inches deeper than the recommended planting depth. Check the proposed 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 inches above the surrounding soil.
- It is a good idea to add fertilizer, such as bonemeal, when you prepare the soil. Be sure to mix the fertilizer into the soil so it does not come into direct contact with the bulbs.
- The general rule for planting hyacinth is to cover the bulb with soil to 3 times its vertical diameter. In very cold climates, or where the soil is very light and sandy, plant a little deeper. In heavy soils, or in areas with a high-water table, plant slightly more shallowly. Plant all bulbs of a kind at the same depth when grouped together, so they will bloom at the same time and attain the same height.
- For planting clumps of hyacinth bulbs in beds and borders, dig a hole large enough to hold all the bulbs in one group or drift. Set them upright at the bottom of the hole, tops up (pointed side up), and space properly. Press the bulbs into the soil and cover with the prepared soil to the recommended depth. You can also use a trowel to dig individual holes.
- Hyacinths should be planted 4-6 inches deep, and 4-6 inches apart.
- After planting water thoroughly to settle the soil and to encourage the start of root growth. Sufficient moisture is vital to the health of your bulbs; lacking ample rain, it may be necessary to water new hyacinth plantings once a week in fall. The roots will continue to grow in fall until the soil freezes.
- Be sure to mark where you planted your hyacinth bulbs so you know where they are in spring.
- Add 1-3 inches of mulch for winter protection after the ground freezes.
- Flower bulbs also require watering after blooming, while the foliage is ripening. Water weekly if conditions are dry.
- In spring after flowering, do not cut the foliage off; the foliage is part of the perennial growth cycle. Allow it to die back naturally.
- Hyacinths are easy to grow and do not require much care.
- Hyacinths are favorites for forcing for indoor bloom.