Thank you for purchasing hyacinths from our roadside flower stand! In this brief article, I’ll be sharing why we sell some of our hyacinths with bulbs on and the different ways you can process them when you bring them home.
Harvesting Hyacinths For Cut Flowers
For interests sake, I wanted to mention why we harvest our hyacinths with the bulb on. Harvesting and storing with the bulb on the hyacinth allows for the longest lasting cut flower. Whenever possible, we harvest the flower with the bulb attached so that they will last as long as possible when you bring them home. You’d be hard-pressed to find hyacinths of this freshness to begin with, since they are harvested, cleaned, and sent out to the stand with very little time in between; but we also process them this way for the best vase life.
How To Process Your Hyacinths
When you bring home hyacinths like this, you have a couple of options. You can decide to keep the bulbs on the stems. If you decide to display them this way, keep your water level about as deep as the height of the bulb.
You can also trim the stems to make it easier to fit your blooms into your vase. The trick with hyacinths is to trim most, but not all, of the bulb, leaving a small disk of the top of the bulb attached to the stem. This will help your hyacinths to last as long as possible. You can trim easily using a sharp knife to cut through the bulb.
Trim off the hyacinths leaves as you please – I will sometimes have done this for you. I personally like to trim outer leaves; leaving some of the smaller inner layer of leaves on the stem.
Additional Care Tips
To encourage the longest lasting blooms, try these tips. Change the water in the vase daily to keep it clean and minimize bacterial growth in the water that would decrease the life of the blooms. And finally, place your flowers outdoors overnight to take advantage of the refreshing cool night air!
That’s it! I hope you found these tips helpful! Enjoy your fragrant hyacinths!