The Q&A Archives: Replanting hyacinth bulbs from a small pot.

Question: I have 3 hyacinth plants in small pots that have died. What do I have to do to reuse the bulbs. Perhaps take them out of the soil and let them dry out, just replant them in the ground as is.
Thank You. Marcy

Answer: After the foliage has died down, remove the bulbs from the the pots and brush off excess potting soil. You can store them in a cool, dark place until next fall or you can plant them in your garden now.

The reason bulbs are planted in fall is to allow them time to develop roots. The root system not only anchors the bulbs in the ground but also provides the bulbs with a means of getting moisture. The flower for next spring is already formed in the bulb when it is planted, but it will need the root system and the moisture to assimilate the food stored in the bulb, so it can push the flower above ground next spring.

When planting hyacinths, follow the general rule of setting bulbs about a trowel's depth, about eight inches deep. And to provide ample room for the collar of foliage to develop, place the bulbs about three inches apart for a tight display, but spacing of five to six inches is better.

Be sure the planting soil drains well, too, since the bulbs should never sit in soggy soil.

Your bulbs will wait patiently until next spring and then will sprout and flower for you. Enjoy!

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