Hyacinth

The hyacinth originates from West Asia, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. The plant started to be cultivated in Austria in around 1560. The hyacinth is one of the most important bulb crops grown in the Netherlands. It was imported into Western Europe from the Middle East in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries it could only be found in the collections of wealthy flower lovers.

The name Hyacinthus comes from the Greek Hyakinthos. He was a character in Greek mythology: a beautiful youth whom Apollo loved and accidentally killed. Apollo created a flower from the shed blood which he named after his dead friend. The Greek word was latinised and because Hyacinthus.

  •   Properties
    Scientific name
    Hyacinthus
    Family
    Asparagaceae
    Synonyms
    Hyacinth
    Origin
    The hyacinth originates from West Asia, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.
    Meaning
    The hyacinth symbolises peace and power. For many Eastern poets the hyacinth is the symbol of simplicity.
    Shelf life
    Hyacinthus will continue to thrive for between 2 and 6 weeks (depending on country of sale, shipping and storage time, ripeness, freshness, the provision of plant food and conditions at the consumer). The plants can continue to flower longer outdoors, par
    Season
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  •   Care tips florists
    • Hyacinthus is easy to care for in store. Display Hyacinthus in the coolest spot available.
    • Hyacinthus can be stored successfully in cool conditions, even in a cold store. The ideal storage temperature is 0-5 °C. Make sure that the plant is in the cold store for as short a time as possible, since it will otherwise get too little light and the buds can dry out. If the storage conditions are too warm, the plant will ripen more quickly.
    • Prevent condensation or moisture from getting onto the flowers, since this can cause Botrytis on the bulb, the foliage, the stem or the flower.
    • Water once a week if required. Check the plant for spent flowers and other defects. Pot hyacinths do not need additional plant food. The bulbs are full of nutrition which the flower can use.
    • Caution: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested (particularly the bulb and seed). Repeated contact with the dry bulbs can cause serious irritation.
  •   Care tips consumers
    • The pot hyacinth is a wonderfully scented plant which can give pleasure for a long time if properly cared for.
    • The plant needs the coolest spot available indoors. This will ensure that the plant flowers for as long as possible.
    • It makes few demands in the garden - it can be placed in either the shade or the sun.
    • Ensure that the pot soil never dries out - you should therefore water the plant regularly.
    • Feeding is not needed, because most of the nutrition is already present in the bulb.