Growing Hyacinth Bulbs?

I was in Home Depot and I saw this beautiful pink hyacinth with its heavenly fragrance. At $4.50, I just had to get it. I would like to plant a Hyacinth Bulb in front of my house with my gardenia bushes but what is the best way to make it grow?
Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

asked by Mery in Garden & Landscape | 3318 views | 10-24-2009 at 02:01 PM

It is a beautiful plant, I have it all over my garden.

Hyacinth Planting Guide

The intoxicating scent and vibrant colors of hyanciths make them a favorite spring-flowering bulb.

About This Plant
Favored for their intense colors and heady fragrance, hyacinths are a staple of the spring garden along with daffodils and tulips. The plants' stately appearance makes them prized in formal bulb plantings. Flower colors include rich magenta and deep indigo as well as paler pinks, baby blues, yellows and white. The bulbs are also easy to force into bloom indoors.

Special Features
Fragrant

Site Selection
Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil.

Planting Instructions
Plant hyacinth bulbs in fall, 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60 degrees F. This is usually during September and October in the North, and October and November in the South. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole 6 to 8 inches deep. Set the bulb in the hole, pointy end up, then cover with soil and press firmly. Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart. Water thoroughly after planting.

Care
Keep hyacinths watered during dry spells in the fall. After plants are finished flowering in spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally, hiding the unsightly foliage with annual or perennial plantings. An annual application of compost should provide adequate nutrients. Flower size may decline in subsequent years, so some gardeners treat hyacinths as annuals and plant fresh bulbs each fall.

answered by Elle | 10-24-2009 at 02:03 PM

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