In February, when everyone is so tired of winter, the bright and delicate candles of hyacinths in the windows are just begging to be in the shopping cart as heralds of the approaching spring. However, you do not need to wait for the whole year to have a fragrant holiday at home. If you buy a hyacinth bulb, you can easily make it bloom at the right time. In my opinion, there is no “fuss” with bulbs as such, if you meet the changing needs of the plant in time.
So, if we focus on a certain date of flowering, the entire process of hyacinth flowering will take about three months, and the actions can be divided into several basic steps.
Three months before the expected date of flowering, you need to put the bulb in the compartment of the refrigerator door. As a rule, the temperature there is 6-10 degrees – this is quite enough for the hyacinth to “decide” that it is winter.
After a month, take out the bulb and simulate the arrival of spring. To do this, ? plant the bulb in the substrate, water it, wrap it in a bag and put it back on the refrigerator door. I used a loose and light earth mixture as a substrate (for example, Begonia by Sad Chudes), but mixed it with sand in a 1-2 mm fraction. Sand was added to ensure that the soil was not too heavy – bulbs do not like it very much, and certainly the nutrients themselves are stored in them in sufficient quantities to flower.
All the rest of the time we periodically check if the soil has dried out. The roots will appear quite quickly after they feel the moisture, and it’s quite a sight – powerful, pearly white, thick. The root system of hyacinths is worth admiring! Since the ground dries out much slower at low temperatures than at room temperature, be careful with watering, but do not arrange droughts either – let the soil remain slightly moist. If you tie the bag tightly enough at planting, it is possible that watering will not be necessary until the next stage of hyacinth bunting.
In the third stage, the fun begins: after about a month you will find that the hyacinth has the first leaves. When they reach a length of 1.5-2 cm, you can safely remove the container with hyacinths from the refrigerator and put it on the window sill. It is desirable to do this if possible without sudden changes in temperature. On my windowsill it was 20 degrees.
A very important point: many of those who have already tried to make a hyacinth bloom at home, complain that the flower arrow did not extend and bloomed somewhere inside the leaves or even the bulb. This is solved simply: as soon as you transferred the flower to the light, make a paper – a simple sheet of A4 – a casing and cut a small hole on the top. Under such a casing the hyacinth’s leaves and flower arrow will stretch upward to the only source of light. The result of your efforts will be no worse than the store one!
The long-awaited result
The most enjoyable stage is the actual flowering of the hyacinth. When you see that the arrow has reached the right length and the flowers have formed, you can remove the hood and wait for the miracle. In a few days you can enjoy the wonderful smell of hyacinths in your home – fresh and lusciously spring-like – even if it’s still December.