Indoor gardening with hyacinths: Color, fragrance, fun

Bring some color and fragrance indoors with potted hyacinths. It's fun!

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    Fragrant hyacinths are one of the joys of the indoor winter garden. Plant multiple pots of hyacinths from
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    In spring, buy several small pots of hyacinths and transplant the nascent bulb flowers into a larger pot. Have fun by mixing and matching the colors.
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Fragrant hyacinths are one of the joys of the winter indoor garden. Buy potted bulbs already forced, and the hard work’s done, leaving you the fun part. Even before the flower color starts to show, the green buds poking out from the top of the bulb give a hint of the flower shape to come.

It’s fun to create an indoor winter garden by replanting an assortment of small potted plants into one larger pot. Pick up several potted hyacinths at the supermarket or home center and transplant the nascent bulb plants into a decorative pot with a drainage hole. Use a bagged potting soil mix.

No food or fertilizer necessary. All the food the plant needs is stored in the bulb! Water thoroughly until the soil is well moistened but not drenched. Set the pot near a window or other light source and watch them grow.

Keep soil moist but not wet. When the flowers begin to bloom, move the pot away from bright sunlight. This simple step will lengthen their overall bloom time and your enjoyment of the colorful, fragrant flowers. Visit www.bulb.com for more bulb flower style and gardening tips.

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