Hyacinth

When you smell a Hyacinth, you know that spring has arrived. This most fragrant of all spring flowers is a sought-after ingredient in perfumes.

Hyacinth is one of the most important bulbflowers in the Netherlands.Hyacinthus orientalis, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to southwestern Asia, southern and central Turkey, northwestern Syria, Lebanon and northern Israel. Hyacinthus was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. It is widely cultivated everywhere in the temperate world for its strongly fragrant flowers which appear exceptionally early in the season, and frequently forced to flower at Christmas time.

The snell of a blooming hyacinthus is seriously delicious. and after the the flowers fade, you can plant them in the garden so you van enjoy them next year again. 

  •   Properties
    Scientific name
    Hyacinthus
    Family
    Hyacinthaceae
    Synonyms
    Hyacinth
    Origin
    Turkije, Syrië en Libanon
    Meaning
    Power, Peace
    Shelf life
    Hyacinth will last for between 5 and 12 days (depending on the provision of cut flower food, freshness and conditions at the consumer).
    Season
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                           
  •   Care tips florists
    • Store hyacinthus as cool as possible to prevent ripening. A temperature of 2 – 5 degrees Celsius is best, the cooler the better.
    • Rinse the stems properly before they are put in the water, so that sand residue is removed.
    • Never cut off the flowers. Always keep bulb soil on the stem, this promotes the water absorption and therefore the late flowering. If the bulb soil is cut off then the shelf life is heavily decreased, because the water absorption will decrease then and the stems will then go limp. Additional benefit is that the stem will have gained an extra piece of length.
    • In the salesroom the flowers can be put on a few centimetres of water to prevent the flower stems from going limp.
    • Before processing in flower arrangements and bouquets, pre-water the flowers first.
    • For processing in floral foam it is useful to first pierce a hole with a stick so that the flower can be placed easier.
    • If a hyacinth is used in mixed bouquets, then it is important that the stems are a little shorter than those of other flowers for which a little piece is cut off.
    • It is remarkable that hyacinths and daffodils go together perfectly. In contrast to other flowers, daffodil slime has no negative influence on hyacinths, such as leaf scorch and flower desiccation.
  •   Care tips consumers
    • Cut hyacinths should never be cut off at the bottom of the stem. The piece of bulb soil at the bottom of the stem will ensure that the flower will stay beautiful for longer and will better absorb the water.
    • Put the flowers in a sparkling clean vase with clean tap water.
    • Glass vases are best, because they are easier to clean than other materials. In addition, you can easily see if there is still enough water inside. To really kill all bacteria, it is best to clean the vase with a bit of chlorine.
    • Add the supplied cut flower nutrition, in the proper dosage. There is a preservative in the cut flower nutrition allowing your hyacinths to go for longer. This substance will keep the water free from bacteria. The flowers will open up more beautiful and will go on for longer.
    • If you do not have cut flower nutrition, you can also add a drop of chlorine to the water to prevent deposits in the vase and dirty water.
    • There is special cut flower nutrition for bulb flowers, but the general one works fine too.
    • Refill the water regularly and refresh the water every 3 days. Also add cut flower nutrition then.
    • Hyacinths are best placed in a location as cool as possible. In a warm room, in the bright sun or near other heat sources they will finish blossoming much faster.
    • Do not put your flowers near the fruit bowl. Fruit naturally emits ethylene gas. This hormone will cause flowers to age faster.