What’s the difference between a “prepared” Hyacinth and a “spring-flowering” Hyacinth?
The spring-flowering Hyacinths (left) do what it says on the tin. Plant them in pots and borders in the autumn, with the tops of the bulbs two-three inches below the surface, and wait for them to burst into bloom in March/April.
“Prepared” means they have been heat-treated to trick them into flowering for Christmas time. Plant them in pots with their “necks” above the surface of the soil (right picture), then put them somewhere cool and dark for two-three months until you see shoots appear. At this point bring them into the warmth and light of your house where they should come into flower for December/January.
Gardening advice by Catherine McMillan
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