Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 4-8
- Spacing: 4-6"
- Height: 8-10"
- Ships As: package of 5 bulbs
Giant Hyacinths Mixture
Hyacinths belong to the lily family, Liliaceae, and are native to Asia Minor and central Asia. There are three species of hyacinths, but the commonly grown hyacinths are cultivars of the common, or Dutch, hyacinth species, Hyacinthus orientalis. Hyacinths come in shades of blue, purple, yellow, orange, pink, red and white. They are known for their stately and formal appearance and the heady fragrance the blooms emit. They have been commercially cultivated since the late 1500s. Our Giant Hyacinth Mixture is a color-balanced blend, which will produce flowers of varying colors.
Plant bulbs pointed end up in rich, well-drained soil, in an area that receives full to part sun. Plant 6” deep and 4-6” apart, in groups of at least three to five bulbs. Water thoroughly after planting and do not allow to dry out during the fall season. Apply a protective, thick layer of mulch if you live in zones 3-5.
PLEASE NOTE: Hyacinth bulbs contain oxalic acid crystals, which can cause skin irritation in some people. To prevent this, it is advised to rinse the bulbs with water and wear gloves when handling.
Remove the layer of mulch in the spring after the last hard frost. Fertilize annually either in the autumn or early spring with a well-balanced fertilizer or compost. Remove the flower stalk after blooming to direct more energy to the bulb, and to prevent the unpleasant odor emitted by the spent flowers. As with other spring-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. Hyacinths will have the largest, showiest blooms the very first spring. Subsequent years will yield smaller, looser spikes of flowers. An annual application of fertilizer will help boost bloom performance, although some people treat hyacinth bulbs as annuals, replacing them with fresh bulbs each year.