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How to Replant Hyacinth Bulbs

By Kimberly Sharpe ; Updated September 21, 2017
A hyacinth in full bloom

Hyacinth bulbs produce fragrant flower spikes in colors of pink, purple, lavender, red and white. The small grape hyacinth produces smaller bluish-purple flowers. All varieties spread rapidly over the course of a few years. Grape hyacinths require transplanting every two years. Bulbs withstand dividing and replanting to new locations well. For best results dig up the bulbs and replant to their new planting site when the foliage begins to die back in the mid to late summer months.

Dig around the bulbs, at least 4 inches out from the dying foliage and all the way around. Dig downward and under the plants while circling the plant.

Pry the plants and bulbs gently from the soil in one large clump. Crumble away the soil from the bulbs using your fingers.

Break the large bulb clusters apart. Gently remove the small clinging bulbs from the larger, parent bulbs.

Discard the loose foliage. Remove any loose roots, and discard from the bulb.

Dig a hole that is 3 to 4 inches deep and 4 inches in diameter. Add aged manure to the soil until it has a crumbling consistency.

Place two bulbs into the hole, 2 inches apart, and gently cover with soil. Press the soil downwards to remove all air-pockets.

Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch to the soil's surface to offer wintertime protection, keep the soil moist and help keep weeds reduced. Water the bulbs until the soil feels moist, but do not drench.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden trowel
  • Aged manure
  • Mulch (peat moss or bark chips)

About the Author


Based in Oregon, Kimberly Sharpe has been a writer since 2006. She writes for numerous online publications. Her writing has a strong focus on home improvement, gardening, parenting, pets and travel. She has traveled extensively to such places as India and Sri Lanka to widen and enhance her writing and knowledge base.