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Hyacinths are one of the most popular of all spring flowering bulbs and have an alluring rich fragrance. Hyacinths look great when planted in the front of a perennial border or in pots indoors or out. Flowers come in a rainbow of colours including white, cream, pink, rose, apricot, lavender, cobalt blue, deep purple and wine red

Planting Calendar




Hyacinths are best planted in full sun. They can be grown indoors to capture the perfume. When grown indoors they require a well lit position out of direct sun.


Plant into the ground into a lose free draining soil, enriched with Organic matter. When planting into a pot, plant in Tui Bulb MIx. Good drainage is key as the bulbs tend to rot if the soil is too damp.


Plant the pointed part upwards in the soil at a depth of 10cm. It is a good idea to mark where bulbs have been planted with some sort of stake so that you don’t accidentally disturb them. Planting bulbs in a bulb basket makes it easier to lift them if you want to store them over summer. Hyacinths can also be grown in a Hyacinth glass over water and displayed indoors.



Apply Kings Slow Release Bulb Food when first planting and once again after the first signs of growth. When grown in a glass they do not need feeding.


Protect new growth with Tui Slug and Snail bait.

General Care

After flowering, allow the foliage to die back naturally. Bulbs draw the nutrients from the leaves and store them for next season. Removing the leaves too early may result in poor quality flowering the following year. If you wish to lift your bulbs, you can do so in late spring and store them in a cool, dry and dark place. Dust the bulbs with Flowers of Sulphur to reduce the chance of fungal problems.

Expert Tip

Keep bulbs in the fridge in a paper bag for 4 - 6 weeks. Hyacinth like a cold period before flowering.


When using sprays, chemicals or fertilisers always read the label and follow the instructions. Apply sprays in the evening to avoid harming beneficial insects.

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