How to Save Hyacinth Bulbs


Hyacinths bloom in early spring shortly after the snow has melted. Available in a wide range of colors, these bright flowers are highly scented and make a spectacular show when planted in masses or left to naturalize. Most are hardy to Zone 4 while some are able to withstand the temperatures in Zone 3. Hyacinth bulbs do not need to be dug up in the fall, but if you are considering a move or simply want to create a new hyacinth bed for the spring, you may want to dig and store the bulbs until ready for planting in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Newspapers
  • Mesh bag
  • Mark your hyacinths when they are in bloom. Leaves die back shortly after blooming and make the bulbs difficult to locate.

  • Dig around the bulbs with a garden spade, using care not to nick or damage them. Lift the bulbs free of the soil and shake gently to remove any soil that clings to them.

  • Spread the bulbs out on old newspaper in a dry area out of direct sunlight. Allow to air dry for 1 week.

  • Place the bulbs in mesh bag and hang in a dry well-ventilated area. Bulbs may be stored for forcing blooms in the winter or to replant in the fall in your new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take pictures of your hyacinths while in bloom and store it with the bulbs so you will remember the color when planting.

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