For a more informal look, mix hyacinths of various colours with tulips, daffodils, pansies, primroses and other spring-blooming flowers. Be sure to plant a few groups along a walkway, where you can enjoy their fragrance each time you pass. Hyacinths are also one of the easiest bulbs to grow in pots.
You can easily force your hyacinths indoors. You will need a hyacinth bulb vase – a special glass vase with a pinched neck and bulb-sized “cup” at the top. Most garden centers carry several shapes and colors.
• Place the bulb in the top of the vase. Fill the vase with water to just below the bulb (add a piece of charcoal to
help prevent algae growth). Place the vase in a cool, dark place for two months. Check the
water level weekly to make sure it is just under the base of the bulb.
• After eight to ten weeks, place the vase in a dimly lit place. By now you should see roots extending into the
water and a shoot growing upwards. If the roots have not developed well enough, put the bulb back in the
dark for a few weeks more.
• Over the next three weeks, slowly bring the vase into a warmer, brighter position, but no more than 65
degrees. Too much heat at this stage can result in a rush into flowering before the stem has developed
• Four to six weeks after bringing the vase out of the dark, your hyacinth will be in full bloom! Keep it in a bright
spot with diffused light. Full sun will cause it to age quickly. After flowering, transplant into your garden.