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Hyacinth flower

Hyacinth flower origins and characteristics

Hyacinth is a bulbous plant native to the European continent and the Asian continent. In Italy, in particular, spontaneous species are found in nature that have the peculiarity of having white flowers with a very intense aroma. The full development of a hyacinth specimen occurs at the end of winter, when small fleshy leaves of a very bright green sprout from the stems; later a cylindrical inflorescence will also blossom, composed of many small star-shaped flowers that have a strong and pleasant scent. These little flowers are usually about twenty, but in some species they reach up to thirty and form beautiful colored panicles; it is precisely this panicle that is considered the true hyacinth flower. This species usually does not exceed thirty centimeters in height;

Hyacinth flower cultivation


To get a beautiful flower from our hyacinth specimen you don’t need any particular gardening knowledge, just a lot of passion and a lot of effort. First of all, we must know that these plants tend to become wild if not taken care of; they are suitable both to be planted on the ground, even as a border plant, and to be grown in pots. The important thing is that the hyacinths stay in a bright position, even with direct sun for a few hours a day. The best soil for this species is soft, loose soil, but common garden potting soil can also work. The flowering of the hyacinth occurs at the end of winter: until the end of flowering it is necessary to provide regular irrigation, the soil must always be moist but never stagnant, which could damage the bulbs.

Hyacinth flower care


After the production of the flower, the hyacinth needs some essential care: when the flowers wither, the panicle must be cut. At this point it is necessary to continue watering the plant until the foliage will wither and fall. The hyacinth, of course, is not dead, but has simply entered its vegetative rest: the bulb is still active and if desired, it can be left in the ground, alternatively it can be removed to keep it in a sheltered and dry place until autumn. later, when we can bury it again to grow a new plant. Usually, if the hyacinths are grown on the ground, the bulb is left in the ground, if they are grown in pots, the bulbs are dug up. Of course, over time, if the bulbs are never removed and never allowed to rest,

Hyacinth flower planting and maintenance


To ensure that the hyacinth produces its flower, during the flowering period it is necessary to give the plant a specific fertilizer for bulbous plants. In any case, every two years it is better to remove the bulbs from the ground to clean them and remove any bulbils that have formed, useful for creating new plants in other pots. Hyacinths can be planted in early autumn: if this is done at the right time, plants will begin to sprout in early spring and after a short time the beautiful flowers will bloom. Alternatively, the bulbs can also be buried in winter, but in this way you risk skipping the first flowering. The rhizomes should be placed at a depth equal to about double their diameter, with the thickest part downwards: after having placed them in the hole that we will have dug, they must be covered with soil and then watered abundantly. If more specimens are planted, they should be planted at a certain distance from each other, but not too far away if you want to form a spot of color in your garden.

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