If we had to choose one flower to symbolise spring we would definitely pick the cut Hyacinth. That’s why we selected the lovely scented Hyacinth as our Flower of the Month March. In this article, we tell you everything that you need to know about this easy to care for beauty.
The most common Hyacinth is the Hyacinth Orientalis. It’s a true bulb with narrow leaves and a compact spike of bell-shaped waxy flowers. They mostly appear in blue, violet, pink, cream or white and have a sweet fragrance. The latter is often the reason why these flowers are an all-time favourite – not even taking their lovely appearance into account. The vase life of cut Hyacinths is around 4-7 days. If you want to enjoy these beauties longer, you have to buy them as potted flowers.
When you buy cut Hyacinths, you will notice that the bottom of the stem is black, this is because the stem is cut from the bulb in a special way. If you check out the bottom you will see that a part of the “bulb” is still on there, it is not dirt. It’s a special way of cutting the stem from the bulb that it grows on. This is done at the grower with a special machine. By using this machine the fertile bottom stays on the stem, and you have a guaranteed longer vase life.
How to condition cut Hyacinths
You need to pay attention to a few things when you condition cut Hyacinths:
- Do not cut the stems. Just rinse the stems under a water tap, to get the dirt off. Then put them directly in a clean vase with water.
- When you have bought Hyacinths but you do not need them right away, you can just lay them dry in the cooling. This way they will not open and stay in the same stage of which they were in when you received them.
- When it’s actually time to use them you should put them in water. Let them have a drink with the paper wrap around it for a couple of hours. Afterwards, the stems are filled with water and they will be nice and firm.
- Even when you want to mix them with other flowers, there is no need in cutting them.
Easy does it!
Did you know that World Hyacinth Day (7 March) is just around the corner? Don’t pass up this opportunity to run straight to your local florist and get these heavenly smelling flowers.