How to Grow Hyacinth Bulbs


Hyacinth (Hyacinthus), native to Turkey, is a former member of the lily family but now resides in its own family, Hyacinthaceae. They flower best in full sun, but will survive in light shade. Plan to get your hyacinth bulbs into the ground in the fall, two to four weeks before the first hard freeze. Hyacinth is hardy to USDA Zones 3 through 9.

Step 1

Loosen the soil in the planting area to a depth of 12 inches. Use the gardening fork to turn the soil and crush any large clods of dirt.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of compost to the soil, and mix it in to a depth of 12 inches. Rake the area until it is level and smooth.

Step 3

Use the trowel to dig planting holes, 6 to 8 inches deep and 6 inches apart.

Step 4

Place the bulbs in the holes, pointed end facing up, and cover them with soil.

Step 5

Sprinkle bulb fertilizer over the soil covering each bulb, at the rate suggested on the fertilizer package.

Step 6

Water the hyacinth bed until the soil is saturated, and keep the soil slightly moist until the bulb sprouts. Your bulbs will sprout and grow foliage through fall and winter and will bloom in the spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when planting hyacinth, as the bulbs contain oxalic acid which may cause mild dermatitis.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening fork
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Gloves
  • Bulb fertilizer


  • University of Illinois Extension: Hyacinth
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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