What to do with hyacinth bulbs after flowering?

The hyacinths after blooming go into rest

Have you bought already bloomed hyacinths, or bulbs of these flowers to plant, and you are not sure what to do when they bloom? Do not worry: it is a very common question that a fairly simple answer. In fact, these plants are not only very easy to care for, but they are also some of the least difficult for you to wake up next winter.

And we are talking about bulbs that are very resistant to frost, so much so that there is no need to protect them at home since they can withstand up to 18 degrees below zero. But of course, what to do with hyacinth bulbs after flowering?

There are two options: leave them where they are (pot/soil), or take them out and store them elsewhere. Let's see in detail how to proceed in each case:

You can leave the bulbs where they are

Hyacinths are planted in the fall

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This is the most comfortable option, without a doubt, and also the most interesting since it is the one that best suits what happens in its natural habitat. Let me explain: the bulbs -regardless of what they are- after flowering are kept in place, underground, unless of course some animal removes them. But if they're lucky enough to stay there, they will have the possibility of producing new »bullets». These small bulbs will sprout from the "mother bulb", and will be the ones that, over time, will make it so that where before there was only one hyacinth, there will now be several.

But if it's pulled out of the ground, it's very, very difficult for it to grow those bulbs, as it needs the protection of the soil to do so. Because I recommend that you do not remove it, unless you have no other option (for example, if you have to do work in that area of ​​the garden, or if that pot is breaking and you need to plant it in a new one).

How do you care for the hyacinth bulb that is kept in the ground or in the pot?

Basically what you have to do is water it if you see that the earth is very, very dry, and remove the grass that can grow in that area. This is very important especially if you grow the potted hyacinth, since this is a container with limited space, and if you let the weed take over, the bulb will have a lot of trouble growing and flowering when the time comes.

You can remove the bulbs and store them elsewhere

Hyacinths are planted in the fall

The other option is not as comfortable, but depending on the situation, it is the most sensible (for example, as we said before, in case of works, work on the garden floor, etc.). How are the bulbs removed? With great care, of course. The steps to follow are:

  1. First, you must find out where the bulbs are planted. For this, it is best to mark the area with something: stones, decorative figures, or whatever you can think of. In this way, regardless of whether the bulb is already at rest or not, you will be able to locate it easily.
  2. Then with a hoe make several trenches around the bulb. These should have a depth of approximately ten centimeters (or something more, if you did it deeper at the time of planting it), so that you can remove it without damaging the roots too much.
  3. And finally, extract it carefully.

So now what? Now you have to clean it up. Remove dirt with a brush or dry rag until it is as clean as possible, then spray fungicide and leave it in a place protected from direct sunlight for a few hours, until it dries.

Finally, you have to put it in a cardboard box or in a paper bag until fall returns again and it is time to plant it again. Of course, take a knife or pointed scissors and make several holes in the bag or box so that the bulb can breathe, otherwise it will spoil.

Do you already know what to do with hyacinth bulbs after flowering?

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  1.   Maria Elena ILARREGUI said

    excellent information Thank you have a great day.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you, Maria Elena. And equally!