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Hyacinthus orientalis Blue Jacket

One of the most popular Hyacinths of all times, award-winning Blue Jacket is deep blue-purple with paler petal edges. Our 16/17 cm size bulbs produce large, rigid and uniform, fragrant flower spikes studded with slightly reflexed, tubular florets, and three to four strappy leaves. Deer- and rodent-resistant, Hyacinth bulbs dislike getting ‘wet feet’: plant them in a very well-draining spot. The color of the bulb itself varies by name variety. You’ll need about four bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 16/17 cm. Full to partial sunlight. Height: 8” to 12”. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April. Plant 6” deep and 6” apart. HZ: 4-8.

Blue Jacket is known as a good early to mid-season forcer. Hyacinths are very good for forcing indoors over the winter. In mid-October, pot the bulbs and prechill them at a consistent, dark 38 to 45 degrees F for ten to twelve weeks with moderate watering. Or, position each bulb in a Hyacinth forcing glass with the water level just barely touching the basal plate of the bulb. Maintain the water level during the prechilling period. At the end of prechilling period, bring them into the house into progressively brighter sunlight. They should bloom in two to four weeks. They make good cut flowers too. Note: Some people may experience an itchy reaction when touching Hyacinth bulbs, so wear protective gardening gloves when handling them. If an area of skin becomes itchy or develops a rash, just wash with soap and water and everything should be fine.

Hyacinths are The Art & Soul of Spring.

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