The Q&A Archives: Hyacinths

Question: I planted white & purple hyacinth bulbs last fall & they came up beautifully about 2 weeks ago. However now they are dead. Is that how long they last? We had a windy storm the other day & a few of them had their stems broken so I understand why they died but the other ones did too. What do I do with them now? Do I just leave them & they will come up again next year or pull them & plant new ones in the fall. I did have the stems lightly tied to sticks because they were falling over. Did I not plant the bulbs deep enough?

Answer: Hyacinths often come back from year to year. The blooms will last a week or two, depending on the weather. A storm can break the stems, as you saw, or a hot spell can make them fade faster. After the blooms fade, remove the flower stem and allow the foliage to grow, mature and ripen or dry out naturally before you remove it. This replenishes the bulb so it has strength to bloom again next year. Hyacinths should be grown in full sun for the sturdiest stems, and they should be planted about four to six inches deep.

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