What To Do With Hyacinth Bulbs After Flowering In Water

Hyacinths are a beautiful and easily recognizable flower characterized by their impressive blooms in a broad range of colors, including traditional purple and blue. Like many other flowers, the hyacinth grows from bulbs that are traditionally planted in the ground.

What To Do With The Hyacinth Bulbs

If you are adamant about attempting to force another season of flowers, move the bulbs to cold storage at a temperature between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-16 weeks. You can then repeat the flowering process. 

Many people have heard of the practice of flowering hyacinth bulbs in water, also called forcing. During this process, pre-chilled bulbs are suspended in bulb vases, also called forcing jars. These forcing jars have an opening at the top, a thin neck, and then a wide base to be filled with water.

What Is Flowering In Water?

Gardeners should still keep the bulbs cool until they sprout, and the hyacinths can then be moved to a warmer environment. However, the bulb will be surrounded by several inches of nutritious soil and will be watered on a regular basis, allowing the bulb to replenish its nutrients and survive storage. 

The Growing Method To Preserve Bulbs

How To Store Hyacinth Bulbs After Flowering In Water

Once they grow in ideal conditions and not forced, the hyacinth bulbs can be stored until the next season. It’s important not to remove the bulbs from the soil until they are ready, though, as taking them too early can leave them sapped of nutrients and unable to bloom for another year.

Hyacinth bulbs can be preserved, but only when grown in the proper conditions. Because flowering in water, also called forcing, removes nutritious soil from the growing occasion, the hyacinths grown using this method often leave bulbs that cannot be cured or saved. These bulbs should instead be thrown away, and the gardener will need to buy new ones.

Hyacinth Bulb In Water

What To Do With Hyacinth Bulbs After Flowering In Water

Hyacinths prefer well-drained fertile soil and full sun for them to thrive.  They also tolerate partial shade for one short time but they bloom less when left there for long.  Sun is always Hyacinth’s best friend!