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How to plant hyacinth bulbs


Hyacinth bulbs are widely available and will produce a broad spectrum of colours. Whatever their shade, hyacinths look spectacular planted on their own in a rustic terracotta pot. Growing hyacinth bulbs in a pot or container is a quick and easy job for autumn, that will reap stunning rewards in early spring.

Be sure to buy ‘prepared’ hyacinth bulbs, and not the cheaper garden hyacinths. Prepared bulbs receive special temperature treatment before they go on sale, which initiates flower bud development.

Discover how to create your display of fragrant hyacinths, below.

How to do it



Spread a good layer of horticultural grit in the bottom of your container to help the compost drain efficiently in wet weather, then add a mix of loam, compost and sharp sand and spread a 5cm layer over the grit. Gently firm in so there are no air pockets.



Discard any hyacinth bulbs that look damaged or diseased then place the remaining bulbs evenly in the pot about 5cm apart. Continue to add hyacinth bulbs until the container is full and gently push them down so that they are all in good contact with the container.



Cover the bulbs with a 10cm layer of your compost mix.



Settle the compost in by watering, then keep watering regularly to ensure a good display of blooms.

Our tip

After planting, keep the hyacinth bulbs moist during the growing season and they should reward you with flowers over a long period of time.

When buying bulbs to plant outdoors, avoid those that have been specially treated to flower indoors at Christmas.

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osckar30 24/11/2011 at 15:28

What do I do with bulbs once they have flowered?

titaflan 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Go to Kew Gardens and search out my mate Guy Moore, a horticulturist there. He's Adonis-handsome and single (curly blonde hair and blue eyes)!

bk1234 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Can you suggest me some compost? I am new to gardening and I just got some hyacinth bulbs. Also, I read a few artciles about planting them in pots and putting them in a refrigerator and then transferring them to does that work ? Is that a bad/ faster process?

Rani khanna 17/03/2012 at 15:12

i have bought hyacinth plant in jan. now the plant is 22inch tall and no flowers what shall i do next.

dianne newton 20/03/2012 at 11:01

why do my hyacinths bend over

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