Indoor Hyacinths

Were you lucky enough to be gifted one of these beauties over the festive season or maybe you've picked one up cheap from the supermarket in the January sales?

 Bark covered pot containing 3 hyacinth bulbs yet to flower and also a white ceramic pot with black spots on it on top of a white surface

Now you're thinking what on earth do I do with it to keep it alive! 
The good news is they are super easy to look after.

Place it in a sunny windowsill where you will see it every day (preferably multiple times!) . Kitchen windowsills are good as they tend not to be above a radiator (the heat will mean the flowers go over quicker = less time to enjoy them!)

When you catch their gorgeousness out of the corner of your eye, stick your finger in the soil around them (do this daily if possible) if it feels dry, give them some water.  If it feels wet, leave them alone, bulbs don't like to be too wet!

Other than that, leave them to do their thing and when they do, enjoy their beautiful flowers and scent (sorry smell-o-vision's not yet been invented for blogging, but trust me its divine!).

bark covered pot containing three gypsey queen coral pink hyacinth bulbs in various stages of flowering

Once they have finished flowering, you'll know because all the flowers will look dry and sad, cut off the flowering stalk only (i.e. leave the leaves attached to the bulbs).

Some say the forced bulbs are done after they've flowered once, but i've always taken mine out of the soil and left them to dry after the leaves have gone yellow and shrivelled.  Once dry I wrap them in newspaper and store them somewhere cool, dark and dry until the following autumn when I plant them into outdoor pots or straight into the ground and they've aways flowered again.

So in the spirit of being less 'chuck and buy new' as a society, i'd say keep em, give em some love and they may just reward you again next year :)

They probably wouldn't like being forced again though i.e. forced to flower earlier than their usual flowering time (Feb/March) hence why i recommend planting them outside and just letting them get on with it next year.

Disclaimer:  Hyacinth bulbs are poisonous, so don't eat them/ let any children or pets you may own eat them and always wear gloves when you handle them!

Two glass bottles or vases and a bark covered flower pot containing 3 gypsy queen hyacinth bulbs, one in full flower with coral pink flowers and green leaves, one with the flowers just opening up and the third bulb is just starting to turn coral pink.

Don't forget to share your indoor hyacinth bulb pictures with me on social media using the hashtag #adventureswithflowers


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