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How to repot hyacinths

Updated on May 5, 2013

Spring at home

Although it doesn't look like spring very much here in Holland; we try to create some spring at home. Of course you do that with some flowers and after you bought them they usually need repotting. I'll show you how to repot a Hyacinth so you get that wonderful smelling odor of springlike coloured flowers.

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hyacinth bulbs
hyacinth bulbs


Buy yourself some nice hyacinth bulbs; these bulbs become very fragrant flowers coming from the Mediterranean region and Africa.

Here are several beautiful colors:

- white

- fuchsia

- pink

- yellow

- orange

- red

- purple

I like the ones in purple very much so you can make me very happy with that color. They bloom in March and April and can not survive in a freezing weather condition. Normally they are outside flowers, but in Holland you can not depend on a convenient kind of spring weather for the hyacinths to grow in. So that is why for the moment we keep them inside our home in warmer conditions.

When you bought your beautiful bulbs you'll getting them in a common pot so you must repot them in another one which is more of your taste. You can not just take the bulbs out and transfer them without any caution. I will show you how to do that properly in this lens.

repotting bulb
repotting bulb

How to repot

If you like gardening, or want to start with it, one major job is repotting. Every time you seed new plants or flowers, you have to repot them sometime. Normally it is the best time when they start to grow so big, and than the distance between them become to short. In my house the hyacinth bulbs became to big so I had to repot them.

I took some photos and will explain in what way I repot them:

1. once you have fertilized soil and a bigger pot, you are ready for repotting


Seperate the roots

2. first remove the hyacinth bulbs carefully from the small pot

3. because there are a lot of needed roots, you have to seperate the roots carefully from each other so they don't break


Potting the bulbs

4. now you can start filling the larger flower pot with a first layer of fertilized soil, press a little and wet the soil

5. time to put the bulbs in the ground, with enough space between the bulbs, it depends on the pot but a 4-5 cm minimum distance is good enough

6 press the soil and water it


Let them grow

A hyacinth is a bulb which can be potted in september till november. Use an extra layer of peat dust, so they will survive the frosty wintertime period.

blooming bulb
blooming bulb

Bulb in bloom

This is a photo of how my three bulbs eventually came to look like. For some strange reason the blooming didn't go as perfect as should be and this is as far as the flowers grew.

Royal mosaic

Royal mosaic in The Kiitchen Garden
Royal mosaic in The Kiitchen Garden

On April 30 2013 the country I live in, Holland, had a change of royal leadership. For 33 years we have had Beatrix as our Queen and now she handed over her crown to her son Willem-Alexander.

This was a rather historic day for the Netherlands and in the previous week of the throne change, many festivities took place.

One of those festivities took place in the biggest flower garden of the world: "De Keukenhof" or "Kitchen garden" situated in our little country.

On April 27 everybody could witness the building of a large mosaic work; a flower mosaic interspersed by a million hyacinths nails with a portrait of our outgoing queen and her son; our new king.

This beautiful mosaic all made with Hyacinths was presented officially on April 29 by the garden people of De Keukenhof as a gift from the Dutch population.

As you can see on the picture, which we were allowed to use from the Kitchen garden; they used a little bit more hyacinths as my three bulbs.

Image copyright and permission:' The Kitchen garden'

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    • magicalfuture profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: thank you

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      5 years ago

      Good step by step directions and photos.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for liking my lens. Spring is in full bloom where I live and the hyacinths in the yard will be blooming soon. The information on your lens is very useful.

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      5 years ago

      My hyacinths are outside in the ground - it's warm enough here in Australia. Love Spring flowers.

    • Carpenter76 profile image


      5 years ago

      Let the spring begin.... still very cold in Holland :S

    • magicalfuture profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @aesta1: yeah they smell great! They aren't yet fully flowers but you can smell them already! Ha that's nice that she got them from here ;-)) Did they stay well after you refrigerate them?

    • magicalfuture profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @aesta1: yeah they smell great! They aren't yet fully flowers but you can smell them already! Ha that's nice that she got them from here ;-)) Did they stay well after you refrigerate them?

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love the smell of hyacinths. My sister bought some from Holland for her son's wedding...bouquet of the bride. We had to refrigerate it.

    • magicalfuture profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @JoshK47: thanks Josh

    • magicalfuture profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @mcspocky lm: thanks and no problem ;-))

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      mcspocky lm 

      5 years ago

      Tried to give your lens a vote, but I reached the maximum for today. :(

      Nice lens though...

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      5 years ago

      Very nice step-by-step guide!


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