Hyacinth orientalis Mix
This berry-bright blend of pink and purple hyacinths always puts on a beautiful show. The sweetly-scented flowers will fill your entire garden with their heady perfume. Hyacinths bloom in early spring, at the same time as daffodils and Darwin Hybrid tulips.
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When to Plant your Hyacinth Bulbs:
Bulbs should be planted before the beginning of winter. Plant the bulbs a few weeks before the ground freezes. This gives the bulb time to establish a root system. And by planting over a period of a few weeks it is possible to have flowers for two or three months.
Where to Plant your Hyacinth Bulbs:
First, choose a sunny to partially shaded site that contains well drained soil. If you don’t naturally happen to have quality soil, we recommend amending what you do have with rich top soil available at any gardening center. In any case, be sure to avoid planting your hyacinth bulbs in any area that is susceptible to standing water throughout the rainy season. Standing water is the death knell of hyacinth bulbs, and typically the only factor that will prohibit them from growing.
How to Plant your Hyacinth Bulbs:
For best results with hyacinth bulbs, plant each bulb roughly 6 inches deep with the pointed end facing up. A typical spacing is about 6 inches apart, but feel free to plant more compactly for a denser effect. For the biggest plants and blooms, place a little bulb fertilizer in the hole during planting. Once planted, water the hyacinth bulbs fully in order to help the root system become fully established as fall progresses.
How to Care for your Hyacinth Bulbs:
Hyacinths are mid-spring bloomers and are particularly noted for a long blooming cycle lasting usually a month or more. During late summer or fall as the plant fades and dies, remove unwanted foliage. If left undisturbed, your hyacinths should repeat their colorful and fragrant spring performance year after year. You may dig up the bulbs after a couple of years then separate and replant them
Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. Or amend the soil with the addition of organic material to raise the level 2-3" to improve the drainage. Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available. Camassia are one of the few bulbs you'll find on this website that will grow in soil that's moist more of the time. For these beauties, perfect drainage isn't a requirement.
Site your camassia where they will receive full sun if the soil is moist. In slightly dried soils camassia can be grown in areas that receive 4-5 hours of direct sunlight.
Dig holes and plant the camassia bulbs 4" deep and 8-10" apart. The bulbs are rounded, with small pointy ends. Plant the points facing upwards. For best naturalizing results leave the plants undisturbed; they'll be fine for years in the same spot.
After planting, water the camassia well, gently soaking the soil to settle it around the bulbs. Roots and some foliage will form in the autumn. Buds are produced in late spring and and flowers in early summer.
When in bloom, feel free to cut the flowers for bouquets. This will not hurt the plants.
After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulbs for the future. Water as needed during active growth periods; about 1" of moisture per week is a good estimate.
By mid summer the leaves may yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your camassia will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle.
Pots, Barrels, Tubs & Urns
Camassi prefer to grow undisturbed. These are not the best plants to use for containers.