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Hyacinths – The Scent of Spring
by Flower Council Holland
March 25, 2007

Whether they’re a potted bulb or stems in a vase, sweet smelling Hyacinth herald the onset of the Spring season. These welcome forerunners will certainly appeal to your customers both for their colours and their unique perfume.

Cut Hyacinths come with part of their bulb intact to ensure they have as long a life as possible in the vase in your customers’ homes. Be sure to tell them not to cut it off – it can give them up to 3 days longer life.

More versatile than you might imagine, Hyacinths look good on their own but just as attractive in small mixed bunches with other products.

Don’t forget Hyacinth makes a perfect wedding flower for late Winter or Spring weddings. Both its stems and its delicate individual flowers can be used both in bridal bouquets, corsages or table decorations.

In the pot, single or several bulbs, will brighten any room in your customers’ homes as every individual flower on its tall stem opens. In fact it can even brave the outdoors as long as temperatures don’t drop below zero.

Caring for Hyacinths

Cut flowers

Don’t remove the bulb at the end of each stem which helps it to drink

Do wash the bulb and place in clean water in the vase

Cut flower food isn’t necessary

Store at 2 - 5°C

Potted bulbs

Will open and die off more quickly in hot rooms

Prefers temperatures of 16-18°C

Keep the root ball moderately dry

Doesn’t need plant food

Prefers dappled sunlight to direct rays

Plant in the garden for blooms the following Spring

Did you know?

Hyacinths also have an air of romance about them … they are named after a handsome Greek, Hyakinthos. As the love focus of the Greek God of the Sun, Apollo, Hyakinthos aroused jealousy in the God of the West Wind who blew the discus he was throwing back at him. Hyakinthos was fatally wounded and where his blood fell to the ground, a flower grew and was duly named after him.

Did you know?

They have been cultivated in Europe since the 16th century. The bulbs were once as sought after as Tulip bulbs and were only owned by very rich flower collectors as their price was exorbitant!


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