Hyacinth – a highly fragrant spring bulb and cut flower
Flowering potted hyacinths make a lovely gift at this time of year. The arrangement above was a present from my brother and his family when they came to stay for the weekend a few weeks ago.
The flowers still remind me of that lovely time we spent together and they fill our kitchen with a beautiful sweet fragrance…like a natural room freshener.
As well as potted bulbs, cut hyacinth flowers are also available at the moment.
Below is an overview of the Hyacinth: –
What is the Latin name?
What is it commonly known as?
What does it look like?
Heavy spikes of highly-scented waxy bell-shaped blooms in pink, blue, lilac, white and peach.
When can you buy them?
Usually November to April.
Where can you buy them from?
Florists, garden centres and supermarkets.
How do you look after them?
Potted bulbs : Place them in a cool well-lit area and keep the compost moist. If the flowers become top-heavy, you may like to support them with twigs. Also, if they start leaning towards the light, turn them now and again.
Cut flowers : Do not cut off the ends of the stems, as the remaining bulb base will make the flowers last longer. Simply rinse them, if necessary, and place in fresh water.
Did you know?
There seem to be a lot of mixed opinions as to if you should plant your potted bulbs in your garden after they’ve bloomed.
Some people advise against it as they think they’re unlikely to flower again, whereas others seem to have great success. So why not give it a go, rather than throwing them in the garden recycling bin or on the compost heap.
Hyacinths are one of the bulbs that grow well without soil. Simply place in a bulb vase filled with water. An example of such a vase can be seen here.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)