Almost the entire plant is covered in colorful florets. They all have such a sweet scent. Why wouldn’t you want these in your yard? (They also are the easiest thing to force, for indoor winter enjoyment.) So much color and appearing soon after winter has left its mark- what a delight! I have multiple hyacinth in my front walk planting bed, so that I can smell them each time I leave home or come back!
So many of my Hyacinths come back only with half the punch of color in following years. They look spindly. My skimpy Hyacinths have a lot less florets on them compared to the ones I just planted this fall. I often hear similar complaints from other gardeners as well.
So what is the deal with these spindly, skimpy Hyacinths? Much like Tulips, they need the following key requirements met:
- Cold winters; average of 15 weeks long
- Dry summers; avoid additional watering during the summer
- Good Soil; great drainage, they hate to be kept wet
- Full sun on leaves; let leaves rejuvenate bulbs for next year
- Dead Head; cut seed pod off immediately after blooming
Even if the above requirements are met, the bulb of the plant may still split and grow spindly in the next years. I have found 3 options to consider:
- The first, would be to pull them out of the ground after flowering. Then plant new ones in the fall!
- The second, would be to fertilize them after flowering the first year, and before blooming again the second year.
- The third option would be to dig them up after all foliage has withered, and store them indoors* until fall planting time again.
I am flower bulb crazy, always wanting more flowers. But I also like easy gardening. I do not look for extra work. So, I may give the extra fertilizer a try and just add new ones each year !
* For more info on storing bulbs: http://flowerbulbcrazy.com/preparing-your-garden-for-winter/