How to Take Care of Hyacinthus

Overview

Hyacinthus is a genus of spring blooming bulbs that are known for their one-of-a-kind fragrance. Blooming between the months of March and April, hyacinths bloom in colors of purple, yellow, white, and shades of pink. Although easy to maintain, providing these plants with the right amount of care is important if you want them to come back year after year to bring their beauty into your garden.

Step 1

Plant the hyacinth bulbs during the fall, in an area that receives full sun throughout the year, and drains water well.

Step 2

Cover the planting area with a layer of compost after planting. You can purchase compost at your local garden specialty store. Use a small garden rake to scratch the compost into the soil.

Step 3

Water the bulbs directly after planting and once per week following to keep the soil constantly moist to the touch, but never soaked.

Step 4

Cut away the stalks after the blooms have died. Cut the stalks off as low as possible, leaving the leaves to grow throughout the summer.

Step 5

After the first frost of winter, cut back all the brown and yellow leaves, using sharp pruning shears.

Step 6

Apply a layer of mulch over the top of the planting area to help protect the bulbs during the winter. The mulch can easily be removed in the spring to allow the new shoots to come through.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Small garden rake
  • Water
  • Pruning shears
  • Mulch

References

  • Garden Plant Care Guides: Hyacinth
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