All About HyacinthsHyacinth, a member of the lily family, is a perennial that produces fragrant flowers in the spring. It comes in a variety of colors, among which are purple, pink and white. It has also gained popularity as an indoor plant during the winter months. However, growing them indoors requires a different technique than will be covered here. Some people are sensitive to the hyacinth bulb, so it is best to wear gloves when handling them.
Growing HyacinthsHyacinth bulbs need to be planted in the fall in order for them to produce flowers the following spring. Select a sunny location with soil that drains well. Dig a hole at least 5 inches deep, depending on the size of the bulb. Typically, larger bulbs will result in larger flowers. Space additional plants at least 6 inches apart. Water well. Rodents find hyacinth bulbs quite tasty, but they will stay away if you plant them near daffodils.
When the flower has wilted, you can cut back the stalk. However, don't remove the leaves until the plant has died. This is the time when the plant will nourish itself for the next growing season. In order for the plant to continue producing healthy flowers, it is a good idea to dig up the bulbs after a couple of years. Separate them and then replant.