Hyacinths are beautiful perfumed flowers that grow from a bulb planted in autumn. But you don’t even need soil to grow a hyacinth: all you need is a container of water.
- Start by choosing a bottle or jar that’s the right size for your hyacinth bulb to sit on top of. You can buy special hyacinth ‘vases’.
- Fill the jar with water almost to the top. The water should sit just underneath the bottom of the bulb.
- Carefully place the hyacinth bulb on top of the jar so that it’s just above the water.
- Put into a dark cupboard and check regularly. If the water gets too low, you’ll need to gently move the bulb to one side and pour more water in.
- The water will begin to fill up with white roots and then a shoot will appear from the centre of the bulb. When it’s about 4 cm high, you can move the jar and bulb out of the cupboard and into more light (close to a window but not in sunlight).
- After about 14 weeks the shoot will develop leaves and a flower spike. Then the bell-shaped flowers will open around the stem.
- After the flowers have finished, the bulb can go into the compost.
Special warning: Hyacinths can sometimes make your skin feel itchy so always wash hands after touching the bulb or, better still, wear gloves.