Growing Amethyst hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Amethyst’) couldn’t be much easier and, once planted, each bulb produces one spiky, sweet-smelling, pinkish-violet bloom every spring, along with seven or eight big, shiny leaves.
These hyacinth plants are gorgeous planted en masse or contrasting with daffodils, tulips, and other spring bulbs. These easy plants even thrive in large containers. Interested in growing a few of these springtime jewels? Read on to learn more.
Planting Amethyst Hyacinth Bulbs
Plant Amethyst hyacinth bulbs in fall about six to eight weeks before the first expected frost in your area. Generally, this is September-October in northern climates, or October-November in the southern states.
Hyacinth bulbs thrive in partial shade to full sunlight, and Amethyst hyacinth plants tolerate nearly any type of well-drained soil, although moderately rich soil is ideal. It’s a good idea to loosen the soil and dig in a generous amount of compost before growing Amethyst hyacinth bulbs.
Plant Amethyst hyacinth bulbs about 4 inches (10 cm.) deep in most climates, although 6 to 8 (15-20 cm.) inches is better in warm southern climates. Allow at least 3 inches (7.6 cm.) between each bulb.
Care of Amethyst Hyacinths
Water well after planting bulbs, then allow Amethyst hyacinths to dry out slightly between watering. Be careful not to overwater, as these hyacinth plants don’t tolerate soggy soil and may rot or mold.
Bulbs can be left in the ground for the winter in most climates, but Amethyst hyacinths require a chilling period. If you live where winters exceed 60 F. (15 C.), dig the hyacinth bulbs and store them in the refrigerator or other cool, dry location during the winter, then replant them in spring.
Cover Amethyst hyacinth bulbs with a protective layer of mulch if you live north of USDA planting zone 5.
All that’s left is enjoying the blooms once they return each spring.