hyacinths - Knowledgebase Question

Irving, Ne
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Question by jgates16558
April 18, 2010
I received these bulbs in full bloom on March 14th from a florist. Took them home on April 2nd. By April 4th they were all laying down looking dead. Did I kill them? Will they come back to life again maybe next year. should I have kept them in the house until they died at their regular time. I dont know what i did or how to recover them. They are lovely and smell really good.
I live in NYS

Answer from NGA
April 18, 2010
Hyacinths are spring blooming bulbs. After they finish blooming they will go into dormancy and will rest until next spring. You can plant the bulbs in your garden and they will bloom for you next yeear. Here's how: After the flowers fade, cut down the flower stalks but leave the foliage alone. It will turn yellow and then brown. When it does, prune it off and unpot the bulbs. You can either plant them in your garden right away or you can let them sit out in a shady spot for a couple of days then store them in dry peat moss or sawdust in a cool, dark place. You can plant them outdoors in the fall. Enjoy your hyacinths!

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