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Forcing a hyacinth simply means to grow it indoors. They can be grown in a special shaped hyacinth glass on just water or grown in pots with soil. It is not difficult to force indoors, but but does require a little patience. You will be rewarded with color and fragrance indoors in winter when little else is in bloom.
About this Variety
Our hyacinth kit comes with everything needed to grow: one hyacinth bulb, size 18/19 cm, a nursery pot with drainage, planting medium, sheet moss for top dressing and an iron ribbed, brass-like finish decorative planter - approximately 4 x 4 x 4".
- Delightfully sweet fragrance
- Great for gift giving
- Force indoors
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Colorful blooms
Indoors in Winter; 12-14 weeks after planting
Grows 8-14" tall
Plant 3-5" apart, 3-5" deep
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8
Potted, pre-chilled hyacinths bulbs will require an additional period of cooling before they will bloom. By using our pre-chilled bulbs you speed up this process. Put the entire pot in a closed plastic bag and place in the refrigerator (this puts them though a fake winter). Leave the pot in the refrigerator approximately 3 months, during which time you will see visible growth. Soil should stay moist so add a little water if needed. Take the pot out of the refrigerator and remove plastic bag. Place in a cool window to force them into bloom.
After flowering and when foliage has died, dig and clean bulbs. Store in a dry, well ventilated location. Repeat pre-chilling procedure before planting again. Hyacinths are winter hardy and resist frost damage. Contact with hyacinth bulbs may cause skin irritation. Use gloves or handle with care. Wash hands thoroughly after planting.