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Fall 2020

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Hyacinthus orientalis

The sweet perfume of Hyacinthus orientalis has filled the finest of gardens since the Dutch hybridized more plump, densely compacted flowering spikes than original species found in the wild in the area of eastern Mediterranean around 1750. Our 16/17 cm size bulbs produce large, rigid and uniform flower spikes studded with slightly reflexed, tubular florets, and three to four strappy leaves. They do not usually require staking. Hyacinths are perfect for carefully plotted geometric garden designs as well as more casually incorporated clusters and drifts in mixed beds. After the first flowering season, the hefty flowering spikes become increasingly less compact for a more carefree English cottage garden look. You may want to plant new bulbs every two years since they tend to peter out naturally over time. Deer- and rodent-resistant, Hyacinth bulbs dislike getting “wet feet”: plant them in a very well-draining spot, never one that gets inundated with standing water from heavy rains. The color of the bulb itself varies by name variety.

Hyacinths are very good for forcing indoors over the winter. In mid-October, pot the bulbs and prechill them at a consistent, dark 38 to 45 degrees F for ten to twelve weeks with moderate watering. Or, position each bulb in a Hyacinth forcing glass with the water level just barely touching the basal plate of the bulb. Maintain the water level during the prechilling period. At the end of prechilling period, bring them into the house into progressively brighter sunlight. They should bloom in two to four weeks. They make good cut flowers too. Note: Some people may experience an itchy reaction when touching Hyacinth bulbs, so wear protective gardening gloves when handling them. If an area of skin becomes itchy or develops a rash, just wash with soap and water and everything should be fine. Bulb size: 16/17 cm. Full to partial sunlight. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April. Plant 6" deep and 6" apart. HZ: 4-8. Height: 8" to 12".

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