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Hyacinth 'Purple Sensation'


  • »  Highly fragrant
  • »  Excellent for indoor forcing
  • »  Excellent for container growing

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Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Full Sun
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Early Spring
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained

Forcing Hyacinths for Valentine and Easter                                                                                                         

For Valentine - plant hyacinths in mid-October, cool at 48°F until January 10-15.


For Easter - after planting keep bulbs at 55°F until the roots grow out of the bottom of the pot. When the roots show, drop the temperature to 41°F - maintain this temperature until early January at which time depending on the sprout development, the temperature needs to be lowered to 34°F and held until brought into the greenhouse. If no cooler facility is available the bulbs can be planted outside under a layer of 6" sand and straw cover.This method is only recommended in the Northern states.


Greenhouse Forcing:                                                             

For Christmas - use "Prepared Hyacinths", keep at 40°F, bring into the greenhouse December 1

For Valentine -   3-4 weeks at 65-70°F, bring into the greenhouse January 10-15

For Easter - 4 weeks at 65-70°F      


Store after arrival:                                 

Unpack bulbs and ventilate if not planted immediately. Store at 58-65°F. Do not store with fresh fruit, vegetables or other ethylene producing products.



Cooling is the most important step. The main rule for hyacinths is 12-14 weeks of temperature at or below 48°F.   



Use well drained, outdoor composted site. Plant bulbs so that soil is 6" above the bulb nose. Use 40 bulbs per square yard - space bulbs about 6" apart. For indoor forcing, plant bulbs at soil level. Hyacinths flower in April with a height of 10". Any commercial soil or soil mix can be used as long as it has good drainage and allows for undisturbed root growth. Soil should have a pH level of 6-7 and have a low soluble salt level. The following soil mixes have shown the best results: Fafard #2, Fafard#3-B, Fafard #4, Metro 350, Metro 360, Metro 500, Fison Sunshine #4.                                                                                                                                                                                


Water every other day. Always make sure that watering is done directly into the pot and not over the crop.                                                                                                                                                                


Fertilize in the greenhouse only, not in the cooler. Use calcium nitrate at a rate of 2 lbs per 100 gallons of water.