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Hyacinthus orientalis


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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Hyacinthus orientalis

Plant details

Dutch or Florists' hyacinths are a favourite for spring in pots for early colour and fragrance indoors. They can be forced for early flowering around Christmas time, by planting in shallow bowls of bulb fibre and growing in a warm dark environment. They are equally valuable as outdoor plants for flowering in April. They may be bedded formally, in which case medium-sized bedding hyacinths are planted in autumn and lifted after flowering for drying off and storing until the following autumn. Or they can be planted permanently, whether as bedding bulbs or indoor prepared bulbs after flowering, and they soon become established, flowering a little later with looser heads of blooms

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Hyacinthus

Species: orientalis

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 15cm

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