Growing and Saving Hyacinth


Hyacinth is a highly fragrant, spring blooming flower whose bulbs are planted in the fall. Perennial from USDA zones 3-8. Please note that grape hyacinth is not a true hyacinth and has different growing requirements. Refer to the muscari growing guide for how to grow grape hyacinth.


 

HISTORY

Native to the Eastern Mediterranean from Turkey to Palestine. The hyacinth has been a beloved fragrant flower for centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean.   

USES

  • Ornamental
  • Cut flower arrangements
  • Landscaping
  • Containers

 

 


 

  • Plant in fall, just before the first hard frost.
  • Plant bulbs 4 inches deep and 3 inches apart.
  • Plant in clusters of 10 or more, as they look best planted en masse! 
  • Beware that hyacinth bulbs contain oxalic acid and can potentially cause a minor rash on your hands, so be sure to wear gloves.  

 

  • Hyacinth prefers rich, well-drained, sandy soil and full sun. Each bulb produces a single stem and bloom.
  • Plant in clusters of 10 or more, as they look best planted en masse!

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Beware that hyacinth bulbs contain oxalic acid and can potentially cause a minor rash on your hands, so be sure to wear gloves. 

 

  • Hyacinths will return for about 3-4 years after planting, making them a short-lived perennial.