Flower Care of Hyacinth Bulbs


Hyacinth bulbs are spring bulbs that bloom along with tulips and daffodils. They are native to the eastern Mediterranean and represent rebirth in some cultures, according to the University of Illinois. Many varieties of hyacinth are hardy between USDA zones 3 to 9, although they do best in cool climates. According to the National Gardening Association, hyacinth bulbs produce blooms in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, yellow, red, purple and white.

Step 1

Choose a planting location with well-drained soil and full-to-partial sun. Till the soil to a depth of 15 inches and work 2 to 4 inches of compost into the soil.

Step 2

Plant hyacinth in the fall after the soil drops to below 60 degrees F. Dig a hole two to three times deeper than the height of the bulb, about 6 to 8 inches deep. Place the bulb in the hole with the pointed end facing up and cover it with soil. Space the bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart.

Step 3

Water the bulbs well after planting until the soil is moist but not soaking. Water hyacinth as the soil dries out during the fall and spring.

Step 4

Cut off the flowers as they fade. Allow the foliage to grow until it dies back naturally, then cut it down to the soil's level.

Step 5

Divide hyacinth bulbs every three years in the spring once they finish blooming. Dig them up gently and separate them. Store the bulbs in a dry, dark location until you can plant them again in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Tiller


  • University of Illinios: Hyacinth
  • Floridata: Hyacinth
  • National Gardening Association: Hyacinth
  • Clemson University: Spring-Flowering Bulbs
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