How to Transplant Hyacinth Bulbs


Hyacinth flowers often poke their pretty heads above the soil early in the spring to greet a gardener. With their white, pink, red or deep blue blossoms, hyacinths are not only a feast for the eyes, but they delight with their rich fragrances as well. After several years in the soil, hyacinth flowers may begin to crowd each other, and you may notice a decrease in blooms. When this occurs, transplant hyacinth bulbs during dormancy to give the flowers more room to grow.

Step 1

Clip the foliage growing above the soil with the pruning shears after it begins to yellow and die back (usually by midsummer). Discard.

Step 2

Dig the hyacinth bulbs using the trowel or the shovel. Collect the bulbs in the bucket.

Step 3

Separate the smaller new bulbs from the larger parent bulbs by breaking them off with your hands.

Step 4

Plant the parent bulbs back into the original planting location at the same depth as they were previously growing. Cover the bulbs with soil.

Step 5

Transplant the smaller new bulbs to a new location. Either expand the existing growing location or find a new place to plant these bulbs. Dig 6-inch-deep holes for the new bulbs and plant up to two hyacinth bulbs in each. Cover the bulbs with soil and tamp it down firmly with your hands. Space the holes 4 to 6 inches apart.

Step 6

Provide a thorough watering immediately after you transplant the hyacinth bulbs to help them acclimate to the division and transplanting. Keep the bulbs evenly watered throughout the remainder of the growing season by watering if the soil dries appreciably.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Trowel or shovel
  • Bucket


  • University of Illinois Extension: Bulbs for All Seasons
  • University of Illinois Extension: Planting Lesser Known Spring Bulbs
  • Clemson Extension: Spring-Flowering Bulbs
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