If you can’t wait for the first spring bulbs to bloom next year and want to have flowers at home during Christmas, Hyacinths are perfect for adding a splash of colour to the dark early evenings with the added scented bonus.
This is achieved by using ‘pre-chilled’ bulbs, these are exposed to a period of coldness to fool the bulbs into thinking it’s experiencing winter.
Plant indoors during September. Make sure your pots has drainage holes otherwise bulbs are likely to rot if they still in water. Plant into pots so their pointy ends are just under the soil, facing upwards; cover with soil and firm; spacing 5inches apart.
Water and wait for the water to drain before placing the pot into a black polythene bag and place into a dark cupboard, shed or garage. Check on a regular basis to make sure they aren’t drying out, water as needed. Keep at a temperature of 10*c.
After 6 to 8 weeks, remove from the dark location and the black bag. Flowers will last longer is cooler rooms. Some people may experience skin irritation when handling bulbs so wear gloves to be on the safe side.