This weekend, I’m going to be busy planting all my hyacinth bulbs. I always leave these until last, because out of all the spring bulbs (including tulips), these are the ones that require the longest chilling period and to be planted at the latest possible time in May, to improve flowering.
I almost didn’t grow hyacinth this year after a not-so-successful season last year. I think the main reason for poor flowering was because the bulbs weren’t chilled. This year I purchased my bulbs in February, thinking I would receive them by early April at the latest and that I would be able to chill them for at least six weeks prior to planting. Unfortunately, lockdown meant that I only received my bulbs half way through May, so they will only have a chilling period of around two weeks before I go to plant them. This isn’t enough, but it’s the best I can do in the circumstances. I don’t think anyone foresaw a global pandemic and if I did, I probably wouldn’t have ordered hyacinths given my lack of success last year.
It is possible to grow hyacinths well if you live in a region with warmer winters, but it can be a bit tricky. It also depends on just how mild your winter is, as it varies from year to year.
I have put together some tips for planting hyacinth in warm climates.