The Main Plant entry for Hyacinths (Hyacinthus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 7-11 inches
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: Contact with bulbs may cause an allergic skin reaction.
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Other info: can take many years for hyacinths to go from seeds to bloom
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Plant hyacinth bulbs in fall, 6 to 8 weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60 degrees F. This is usually during September and October in the North, and October and November in the South.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Hyacinth

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  • Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Mar 28, 2017 9:42 AM concerning plant:
    I have never bothered worrying about Spring bulbs surviving cold temperatures. However, this year I had an extended cold snap along with a snow/ice storm in mid-March. Some of my hyacinths had already started to get color in the buds when the storm hit. I'm sorry to say that the cold and snow damaged the buds to the point where those bulbs won't bloom this year. The hyacinths that had flower stalks but the buds were not so far along are fine and should bloom as normal.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 9:34 AM concerning plant:
    Keep hyacinths watered during dry spells in the fall. After plants are finished flowering in spring, cut back flower stalks but allow the leaves to die back naturally. You can hide the unsightly foliage with other plantings. An annual application of compost should provide adequate nutrients. Flower size may decline in subsequent years, so some gardeners treat hyacinths as annuals and plant fresh bulbs each fall.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 25, 2013 2:38 PM concerning plant:
    Last fall I planted an Oriental Hyacinth mix that I bought from Colorblends. Came up really pretty this spring. I will wait and see whether they come up next spring, and if they do, how well they flower. Might just have to replant next fall.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 7:43 PM concerning plant:
    "Hyacinthus is a small genus of bulbous flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. Plants are commonly called hyacinths. The genus is native to the eastern Mediterranean (from south Turkey to northern Israel), north-east Iran, and Turkmenistan.

    Several types of brodiaea, squill, and other plants that were formerly classified in the lily family and have flower clusters borne along the stalk also have common names with hyacinth in them. Hyacinths should also not be confused with the genus Muscari, which are commonly known as grape hyacinths.

    Hyacinthus grows from bulbs, each producing around four to six linear leaves and one to three spikes (racemes) of flowers. In the wild species, the flowers are widely spaced, with as few as two per raceme in H. litwinovii and typically six to eight in H. orientalis, which grows to a height of 6–8 inches. Cultivars of H. orientalis have much denser flower spikes and are generally more robust.

    Hyacinth bulbs are poisonous; they contain oxalic acid. Handling hyacinth bulbs can cause mild skin irritation. Protective gloves are recommended."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
Plant Events from our members
Seedfork On March 2, 2015 Bloomed
First bloom on Pink Hyacinth, blue and then white bloomed later in the month.
dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Bloomed
Pink, Blue, Purple and White are all blooming in the outside gardens.
dragonfetti On February 17, 2015 Bloomed
Blue and pink and one yet to bloom.
dragonfetti On January 30, 2015 Plant emerged
dragonfetti On January 14, 2015 Seeds sown
Bulbs started.
dragonfetti On January 12, 2015 Obtained plant
From WM; 4 bulbs $1.00; will force inside
dragonfetti On December 1, 2014 Obtained plant
From? Planted in sidewalk garden.
Marilyn On October 2, 2015 Obtained plant
Bought a package of 15 mixed Hyacinths at Meijer's on sale.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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so pretty!!! by Onewish1 Apr 9, 2012 8:23 PM 2
Stunning! by vic Apr 10, 2012 3:30 PM 2
A Hyacinth by sedumzz Apr 1, 2022 10:29 PM 9

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