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  • 'prepared' hyacinth bulbs for forcing
  • Eventual height: 0.25m
  • Eventual spread: 0.08m

Hyacinthus orientalis 'Blue Festival' - 'Prepared' for growing indoors

'prepared' hyacinth bulbs for forcing

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3 bulbs £4.99
3 bulbs £4.99
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  • 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)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April and May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Bulb size: 16/17

    This outstanding new hyacinth can produce up to six flower spikes from a single bulb, and although each spike tends to have slightly fewer flowers than many of the other hyacinths (which usually only produce one flower stem from each bulb), the overall effect is particularly showy. Also, the flowers have a strong perfume, and are excellent for cutting, so if you plant a few more than you need, you will have some extras for the vase.

  • 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.
  • Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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