Post-Flowering Care Tips for Indoor Hyacinth Houseplants: How to Successfully Maintain Hyacinth Plants Indoors

Post-Flowering Care Tips for Indoor Hyacinth Houseplants: How to Successfully Maintain Hyacinth Plants Indoors

If you’re looking for a pop of color in your indoor space, hyacinths can be an ideal choice. These flowering bulbs come in a variety of colors and can easily be grown in containers. In this article, we will explore how to care for hyacinth houseplants after they have finished blooming.

Hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) are a popular choice for indoor gardening due to their beautiful blooms and lovely fragrance. Once the flowers have withered, it’s important to continue caring for the plant to ensure its health and encourage future blooming.

One important step in post-flowering care is to cut back the flower stalks, but leave the foliage intact. This allows the plant to store energy for the next blooming season. You can also consider moving the hyacinth pots to a slightly cooler and darker location, which will help the plant go dormant.

As the foliage starts to yellow and wither, reduce watering and stop fertilizing. This will signal to the plant that it’s time to enter a dormant period. After a few months of dormancy, you can return the hyacinth pots to their original location and resume normal care. This will encourage the hyacinths to bloom again in the next season.

When it comes to container choice, hyacinths prefer deep pots with good drainage. This allows for proper root development and prevents the bulbs from sitting in water. You can also choose to grow hyacinths in glass containers, which will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the bulbs even when they are not flowering.

Caring for hyacinths post-flowering is a quick and easy process, but it requires a little attention and care. By following these instructions, you can ensure that your hyacinth houseplants stay healthy and continue to delight you with their vibrant flowers for years to come.

Source: Thompson & Morgan © Copyright Sue Bos,

Hyacinthus Orientalis Dutch Hyacinth

The Hyacinthus Orientalis, also known as the Dutch Hyacinth, is a beautiful flowering plant that brings vibrant colors and a lovely fragrance to any indoor space. Its blooms are highly sought after for their deep and rich colors, making them a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor gardens.

When caring for your Dutch Hyacinths, it’s important to be prepared and know how to properly care for them to ensure their long-lasting blooms. These plants can be grown from bulbs and require careful attention to their watering, location, and spacing/depth when planting. Thompson and Morgan provide excellent instructions on how to grow and care for Dutch Hyacinths on their website. It’s a great resource to consult if you are new to growing these gorgeous flowers.

After the blooms of your Dutch Hyacinth have faded, it’s important to follow the post-flowering care instructions to ensure its future growth and blooming. Sanderson and Morgan have written a helpful article on forcing hyacinths, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to make your Dutch Hyacinth bloom again next year.

Don’t forget that the Dutch Hyacinth can also be grown indoors as houseplants! If you choose this option, be sure to place them in a location where they can get enough sunlight, and be careful not to overwater them. Dutch Hyacinths thrive in well-drained soil, so make sure to provide adequate drainage for the plant to prevent root rot.

The Hyacinthus Orientalis Dutch Hyacinth is a versatile and stunning plant that can be enjoyed both indoors and outside. With its heady fragrance and vibrant blooms, it is sure to bring joy and beauty to any space it is planted in. Whether you choose to grow them in pots or in the ground, Dutch Hyacinths are a delightful addition to any garden.

For more information about Hyacinthus Orientalis Dutch Hyacinth, you can visit the Thompson and Morgan website or check out the helpful links provided by Sanderson and Morgan on their respective pages.

Indoor Hyacinth Care Caring For Hyacinth Houseplants Post Flowering

After the vibrant blooms of your hyacinths have faded, it’s important to give them the proper care to ensure their continued health and beauty. Hyacinths come in a wide variety of colours, including shades of blue, violet, pink, and white, adding a splash of colour to any indoor space.

Hyacinth houseplants are fairly easy to care for, but they do have specific needs. Hyacinths are usually forced to bloom indoors during the winter months, and once they have finished flowering, they can be planted outside in the garden. However, if you want to keep them indoors, here are some steps to follow for post-flowering care.

First, continue to water your hyacinths regularly, but reduce the amount of water you give them. The soil should be kept slightly moist, but not overly wet. Hyacinths prefer a cool environment and may not tolerate excessive heat, so be mindful of the temperature in your home.

To keep the hyacinth bulbs healthy and prepared for the next growing season, you can let the foliage grow and die back naturally. This process allows the bulbs to store energy for the following year’s blooms. Once the foliage has turned yellow and dried up, you can cut it back to ground level.

If you are planning to plant the hyacinths outdoors, it’s important to wait until after the last frost date in your area. Hyacinths need a period of cold dormancy to thrive. If you want to force the bulbs to bloom again next year, you can dig them up and store them in a cool, dry place during the summer months.

Indoor hyacinths can be grown in a container or in a wide vase filled with water, allowing the roots to grow and anchor the plant. Make sure the container has drainage holes, and use a well-draining potting soil mix. Place the hyacinth bulbs pointed end up, spacing them about 2-3 inches apart and covering them with soil.

After the hyacinths have finished blooming, you can choose to throw them away or try to force them to bloom again. To force a hyacinth to bloom indoors, follow the instructions provided by the hyacinth supplier or consult a gardening guide. This process requires cooling the bulbs for a period of time and then gradually bringing them back to a warmer temperature to encourage new growth and flowering.

Caring for hyacinths after flowering is essential to maintain their health and ensure they bloom again in future years. With the right care, hyacinths can bring beauty and fragrance to your home for many seasons to come.

Source: Sue Thompson, “Indoor Hyacinth Care Caring For Hyacinth Houseplants Post Flowering,” The Dutch Gardening Blog, Jan 2021. Retrieved from

Hyacinth Care Indoors After Flowering

Once your hyacinth blooms have faded and withered, it’s time to give them some post-flowering care. The written instructions below will guide you on how to properly care for your indoor hyacinth plants:

1. Return to Cool Season: Hyacinths are cool season plants, so they prefer cooler temperatures. Once the flowering season is over, move your hyacinth plants to a cool and bright spot in your home.

2. Watering: Hyacinths don’t require much water during their dormant period. Water sparingly and only when the soil feels dry to the touch.

3. Light Exposure: After flowering, it’s crucial to provide your hyacinth plants with adequate light exposure. Find a spot near a window where they can receive at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight daily.

4. Indoor Plant Options: You have several options for keeping your hyacinth indoors. If you want to keep them as houseplants, consider growing them in pots or containers. Alternatively, you can also plant them outdoors once the soil is workable and the danger of frost has passed. Some varieties of hyacinths can be successfully forced into blooming indoors again in subsequent seasons.

5. Spacing/Depth: When planting hyacinths indoors, it’s essential to space them properly and place them at the correct depth. Plant the bulbs about three times as deep as they are wide. For example, if a bulb is 1 inch wide, plant it about 3 inches deep.

6. Irritating Skin: Hyacinth bulbs can sometimes irritate the skin, so it’s a good idea to wear gloves when handling them.

Keep in mind that hyacinths grown indoors generally do not rebloom as easily as they do when grown outdoors. However, with proper care, you can still enjoy their beautiful blooms for several months.

For more information about growing and caring for hyacinths, check out these helpful links:

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: This map will help you determine the ideal planting time for hyacinths in your specific region.

Making Sanderson: How to Plant & Force Hyacinth Bulbs: This article provides step-by-step instructions on planting and forcing hyacinth bulbs indoors.

Hyacinth Care – Morgan County Extension: This resource offers valuable tips and highlights important care instructions for hyacinth plants.

With the right care and attention, you can continue to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of hyacinths long after they finish blooming.

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What to Do With Indoor Hyacinth After Blooming

After enjoying the beautiful blooms of your indoor hyacinth, you may be wondering what to do next. Don’t worry, we have some tips to help you care for your hyacinth houseplants post-flowering.

  1. Keep the foliage: It is important to keep the foliage intact after the hyacinth blooms fade. The plant will continue to photosynthesize and produce energy for next year’s blooms.
  2. Provide a cool location: Place your hyacinth in a cool location, away from direct sunlight and drafts. This will help to slow down the growth and keep the plant healthy.
  3. Reduce watering: Once the flowers have faded, reduce the amount of water you give to your hyacinth. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  4. Stop fertilizing: After flowering, stop fertilizing your hyacinth. The plant is entering a dormant period and does not require additional nutrients.
  5. Prepare for dormancy: After the foliage turns yellow and dies back, cut it off at the base. Place the bulbs in a cool, dry location for a period of dormancy.
  6. Consider forcing the bulbs again: If you enjoyed the blooms from your indoor hyacinth, you can prepare the bulbs for forcing again. Follow the same steps to prepare the bulbs and start the process.

Remember, hyacinths are hardy plants that can tolerate a wide range of conditions. With proper care, your hyacinth can provide you with beautiful blooms year after year.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.