Hyacinth – Hyacinthus orientalis

Symbolism: Hyacinth flowers symbolize sport or play, constancy, and sincerity. They are also associated with jealousy and sorrow. The meaning attributed to the hyacinth varies with its colour: 

  • Red: pain

  • Blue: constancy

  • White: discretion 

Description: Hyacinths are fragrant, elegant, and tranquil spring flowers known for their intense and often overpowering fragrance. The Dutch or garden hyacinth produces spikes of flowers in a variety of colours, including blue, purple, pink, red, and white. Hyacinth bulbs usually produce a single flower stalk standing 8 to 10" tall, although a second or third stem with a smaller flower cluster will sometimes grow.

Named after: The genus name Hyacinthus is derived from a Greek name used for a plant by Homer, hyákinthos. It is said that the flowers supposedly grew from the blood of a young boy accidentally killed by the god Zephyr.

Latin/Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis

Native to: Central and southern Turkey, northwestern Syria, and Lebanon

Flowering period: Early to mid-spring, around the same time as daffodils. Once the leaves start to emerge, it takes about 3 weeks for the flowers to open.  

Vase life: 7 to 11 days

Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: Hyacinths are often used in spring flower bouquets or arrangements, adding a nice seasonal touch.

When in stock in our shops: During the spring season as part of our spring co llection.

Potted plant care


  • Place your potted hyacinth plant in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight.

  • Avoid direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to wilt or become scorched.


  • Use a well-draining potting mix that contains perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage.

  • Hyacinth plants prefer slightly alkaline soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.


  • Water your hyacinth plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

  • Water the plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

  • Avoid overwatering as it can cause root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

  • Hyacinth plants prefer cool temperatures (60-65°F, 15-18°C).

  • They can tolerate dry indoor air, but prefer a humid environment.

  • Placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier can help maintain adequate humidity levels.


  • Fertilize your hyacinth plant every 2-3 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer).

  • Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

Transitioning Indoors to Outdoors

  • Hyacinth plants are typically grown outdoors in the ground, but they can also be grown in containers.

  • If you decide to transition your hyacinth plant from indoors to outdoors, do so gradually to avoid shock.

  • Start by placing the plant in a shaded outdoor area for a few hours a day and gradually increase the exposure to sunlight over time.

  • Ensure the outdoor soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogged conditions. 

Love the scent of Hyacinths?

Call us and we’ll let you know if they are in our stores.

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