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Common Hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis

Also known as

Garden Hyacinth, Hyacinth

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

20cm

20cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a strong fragrance

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    Common Hyacinth Overview

    Hyacinthus orientalis is a bulbous perennial in the Asparagaceae family. It is renowned for its beautiful blue flower colour and sweet, long-lasting fragrance, producing a spectacular flowering display, indoors and outdoors. Even though this plant is exotic and requires a cold period to flower, it can flourish well in many regions of the world including South Africa and the UK. It's often planted in containers, often grown indoors as a houseplant and sometimes grown hydroponically in a glass bowl with rocks and water.

    Common problems with Common Hyacinth

    Botrytis fungus can attack and damage the entire plant if left untreated. Dust with fungicide and try to increase ventilation. Aphids also attack the flower buds. A simple organic method is to blast them off with soapy warm water in a spray bottle.

    How to harvest Common Hyacinth

    Harvest the fragrant flowers during late winter or spring. Harvest bulbs in summer months.

    How to propagate Common Hyacinth

    Division

    Divide tubers during summer. Replant during autumn. Plant 10 cm deep and space 7 cm apart. Plant in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.

    Special features of Common Hyacinth

    Attracts useful insects

    It attracts beneficial insects such as bees.

    Indoor plant

    Great indoor species for warmer climates. All you need is a bright, but dappled position on a windowsill.

    Drought resistant

    This species requires very little watering.

    Pot plant

    This species is very small and compact making it a perfect potted plant. Their root system is small and can even be planted in 5 to 10 cm pots, or arranged in multiple colours in larger pots.

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