Hyacinthus orientalis 'White Pearl' - 'Prepared' for growing indoors

'prepared' hyacinth bulbs for forcing

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Buy Hyacinthus orientalis 'White Pearl' - 'Prepared' for growing indoors 'prepared' hyacinth bulbs for forcing: A 'prepared' bulb for indoor use

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any well-drained, moderately fertile soil (for container-grown bulbs use two parts John Innes No2 compost to one part sharp grit or bulb fibre)
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: January to March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Bulb size: 16/17

    Tightly-packed columns of white, bell-shaped flowers look magnificent in winter or early spring and will fill your home with their delicious scent. They make an elegant table centre for special occasions, and can be used as a longer-lived alternative to a traditional cut bouquet.

    'Prepared' hyacinths have been through a sequence of cold treatments, which triggers the growing process. This means they tend to flower much earlier than 'unprepared' hyacinths, and they are mainly grown as indoor plants, where their strongly scented flowers will fill your room with their sweet perfume. 'Aiolos' produces densely packed, cylindrical clusters of highly scented, ivory white flowers, which may be in flower as early as Christmas.

  • Garden care:Using gloves plant bulbs close together (but not touching), into shallow bowls containing bulb fibre, so their tops are just above the surface of the compost. After potting up, they will need a cool, dark period, which will encourage root growth, so pop them into a black bin liner and leave in the shed or garage. Check them occasionally to make sure the compost does not get too dry, and water them when necessary. When the growing shoot is about 5cm tall, take it out of the bag and bring the pot inside to a cool room away from direct sunlight until the leaves turn green. Afterwards they can be moved closer to the window, but if possible keep them away from central heating radiators. After they have finished flowering they can be planted outside in the garden, where they will flower again (in March or April) the following year.

    These bulbs can also be grown in specialist bulb vases. Simply fill the vase with water up to its neck and then sit the bulb on top, making sure the base of the bulb is just above the water. Then treat it in the same way as the potted bulbs.

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I've bought a number of prepared hyacinth bulbs and 2 weeks ago placed them in old-fashioned forcing vases (with water filled to about half an inch below the bulb) in the cool and dark in my garage. Could you tell me how long it is normally before the roots start to grow? I had no success last year, so I'm waiting with baited breath this year!

Hyacinth

Hello, It can take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks for the roots to start growing - but do make sure the water is not too far below the base of the bulb. Ideally the water level should be just below the base.

Helen

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