One of spring's early beauties are beginning to show their colors.  Hyacinth's are usually planted in the fall and not only bring early colors, but great fragrances outdoors and indoors.  The Master Gardeners at Cornell Cooperative Extension say they make a great gift this time of the year..

The Hyacinth's wide variety of colors and sizes are what make them such a popular gift, especially with Mother's Day around the corner.  Here's some tips on how to keep the gift alive for years.

After the Hyacinth blooms in the house, place the plant in a cool, dry area. If you don't want them lying around the house, you can plant the bulbs outside, just be sure they don't dry out.

  • Place them at least 4” below the surface
  • Place them in a well-drained area
  • They grow best in sun or partial shade

If you like the standard Hyacinth, the Master Gardeners suggest checking out the grape hyacinth, and planting them in large groups.

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Get more information on growing any plants, trees or shrubs with fact sheets at Cornell Cooperative Extension's website or call the Horticulture Hot Line at 315-736-3394 between 9 and noon Wednesday and Fridays.

SOURCE: Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners