Hyacinth

Everything about the hyacinth: its origins, symbolism and care instructions. Hydrangeas are the best-smelling spring flowers! Invite the sun into your home with these flowers.

Characteristics

There are many different types and sizes of hyacinths, around twenty-five varieties to be exact. They are grouped according to their colour. There are white, yellow, orange, purple, blue and orange varieties. Some of them have exceedingly long stems, of up to 30 cm. There are potted varieties and cut varieties. Hyacinth bulbs can be planted in the earth, but also grown in a vase full of water for a surprisingly different look.

Potted hyacinth varieties bloom for around 12 to 16 days. It is important to make sure that the root ball does not dry out and that you keep the temperature between 16 and 18 degrees. Prevent the stems from bending over due to the heavy blooms by supporting them with thin rods. 

Cut hyacinths last for around seven days. If you are cutting the bulb from the plant yourself, leave some of it on the stem for durability and to help the flower be able to properly absorb water. 

Clean the stem well before you put the hyacinth in its vase. If you want to mix it with other types of flowers, make sure to remember to change the water once every two days. 

A beautiful, special combination of spring flowers: hyacinths paired with daffodils. Daffodils usually have a negative effect on other flowers because of the slime they give off, but hyacinths are not bothered by that at all.

The legend regarding how the Hyacinth came into being

‘Hyacintus’ is a Latin derivation of the Greek name ‘Hyakinthos’. According to legend, hyacinths were born from the blood of and named after prince Hyakinthos. The sun god Apollo was in love with Hyakinthos, but the prince was mortally wounded during a game of discus throwing. The blood he shed is said to have brought forth a flower, the hyacinth. It symbolises struggle, power and peace. 

History

Hyacinths originate in the eastern part of the Mediterranean (central Turkey to Lebanon). Back in the 17thand 18th centuries, they were reserved for rich people. Bulbs sometimes went for 150 euros (converted), a lot of money at the time. Nowadays, hyacinths are very common both as bulb and cut flower, and affordable for all.