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Hyacinth

Hyacinthus orientalis

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This spectacular dwarf flowering bulbous species is renowned for its beautiful colour and sweet, long-lasting fragrance. Even though this plant is exotic and requires a cold period to flower, it can flourish well in many regions of South Africa. It is often planted in pots - and sometimes grown hydroponicly in a glass bowl with rocks and water.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Harvest the fragrant flowers during late winter or spring. Harvest bulbs in summer months.

Propagation

Division
Divide tubers during summer. Replant during autumn. Plant 10 cm deep and space 7 cm apart. Plant in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It attracts beneficial insects such as bees.
Indoor plant
Great indoor species for warmer climates. All you need is a bright, but dappled position on a windowsill.
Drought resistant
This species requires very little watering.
Pot plant
This species is very small and compact making it a perfect potted plant. Their root system is small and can even be planted in 5 to 10 cm pots, or arranged in multiple colours in larger pots.

Geography

Origin
Northeast Mediterranean region
Natural climate
Temperate to Cold

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
Blue, pink, purple, red, white and yellow
Scent
Strong

Problems

Botrytis fungus can attack and damage the entire plant if left untreated. Dust with fungicide and try to increase ventilation. Aphids also attack the flower buds. A simple organic method is to blast them off with soapy warm water in a spray bottle.

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