How to Plant Hyacinth Bulbs in Six Easy Steps
Hyacinths are a great flower that bloom early in the spring. Beautiful hues of purple, pink and bright white are common. The tall blooms make this a perfect flower to kick off the growing season. Paired with the bright yellow daffodils or various colors of tulips and your spring garden will be the best looking in your area. The right time to plant Hyacinths is during the fall before the first frost while the ground is still soft and warm. The following will provide the basic steps for producing a beautiful spring flower display.
Planting Hyacinth Bulbs in Six Easy Steps
Step 1: Clear the area in your flower bed where you are planning on planting your bulbs. Make sure to remove any mulch, sticks, or grass and other debris. This will allow the garden planter to easily penetrate the soil. Make enough room for your flowers to grow. Hyacinth bulbs should be spaced roughly four to six inches apart and 6″ deep. Group flowers in clusters to get a more dramatic effect from the early spring blooms.
Step 2: Using the bulb hound garden planter or a bulb hand planter, create holes deep enough to meet the depth on the planting guide. For Hyacinth bulbs the recommended dept is 6 inches.
Step 3: Place the soil in a container such as a bucket or wheelbarrow to use later.
NOTE: If the soil is hard or contains a great deal of clay, you may want to consider mixing in a bag of top soil from your local stores like Home Depot or Meijer. You can also add in Peat Moss to break up the soil and help to retain water.
Step 4: Place one Hyacinth bulb in each hole pointed end up.
Step 5: Cover with soil and lightly pack over the bulbs.
Step 6: Water your bulbs and cover with mulch.
NOTE: You can also apply a fertilizer specially formulated for bulbs to promote strong blooms in the spring. Using a specific bulb fertilizer such as HOLLAND Bulb Booster Fertilizer 9-9-6 available at Home Depot or other local garden supply stores will help your plants survive harsh winters and produce beautiful blooms in the spring.
Hyacinths are a beautiful addition to your early spring garden. The plants require very little maintenance and can be placed nearly anywhere in your yard. You can also use Hyacinths in patio pots, window boxes, or in springtime flower arrangements.
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