The Q&A Archives: Brown Flowers On Hyacinths

Question: I planted some Hyacinthus orientalis the last week of March. They have white flowers, and were in partial bloom. They fully bloomed and now the flowers are turning brown and wilted. Should I prune them? How is this done? Will they flower again, or are they done for the season? Thanks!

Answer: Hyacinths bloom only once, in the spring. Cut down the flowering stalk but allow the foliage to die down on its own. When the leaves dry up you can cut them off at ground level. The bulb will rest for the rest of the year, producing new foliage and a flowering stem next spring.

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