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Ultimate Guide to Transplanting Hyacinth Bulbs

Hyacinth is one of the elegant flowers that symbolize peace, beauty, commitment, and one’s power and pride.

This beautiful fragrant flowering plant uses its bulb to come back every year like a Phoenix from ashes.

In general, transplanting Hyacinth bulbs during mid-fall or early winter will encourage optimal growth and blooming the following year. In addition, deadhead spent flowers to help retain bulbs’ energy and ensure they receive proper care after transplantation.

transplanting hyacinth bulb
Do not dig Hyacinth bulbs too early.

Transplanting Hyacinth bulbs is an easy task. As Hyacinths grow back from their bulbs, you shall not throw away bulbs but reuse them with a few minutes of work.

Reading the article all the way through will save you from purchasing new Hyacinth bulbs and teach you how to transplant them every year.

When to Transplant Hyacinth Bulbs?

Hyacinth is a one-of-a-kind hardy perennial with attractive blooms in various royal colors.

The enchanting Hyacinth blooms stay with us for almost 2 to 3 weeks during spring.

But before the flower loses its beauty, you must preplan the transplanting of Hyacinth bulbs.

The ideal time for your Hyacinth to transplant would be amidst fall or just before winter kicks in with a snowy blanket.

hyacinth flower
Hyacinth is a Greek hero who was a lover of God Apollo.

Hyacinth has a bulb on its base that stores all essential nutrients for plants’ health and growth.

But with time, the chances of low to no nutrients on the bulb increase, causing poor blooms.

Therefore, you shall consider transplanting your Hyacinth once the quality and quantity of blooms drop.

Other than that, we often tend to redesign our garden from time to time, so you may need to transplant Hyacinth by then.

To keep your Hyacinth plant happy and healthy, you shall transplant them before or after flowering.

I suggest you transplant bulbs before spring to promote better, vigorous blooming and overall plant growth.

Like the Daffodil flower, you may also transplant Hyacinths to force blooms indoors. 

transplanting hyacinth bulb
Transplant Hyacinth bulbs after flowering ends or before it.

After successful blossoms, transplant Hyacinths from the pot to the ground in early Spring.

But outdoor Hyacinths won’t ask for transplanting if they are thriving at their original place with yearly appearance.

When to Dig up Hyacinth Bulbs for Storing?

I also had a Hyacinth plant flaunting its beauty in my garden. And then I made a grave mistake by digging their bulbs a bit earlier than I was supposed to.

Next year Hyacinth did not sprout at all. 

Therefore, beware of digging up Hyacinth bulbs too early, as bulbs take time to store energy.

Generally, you shall wait till the end of the flowering season, usually in autumn, to dig up Hyacinth bulbs. 

You can store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for about 6 to 8 weeks and maintain the temperature of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

While waiting for the right time to dig, you shall timely deadhead any spent blooms.

Be sure to water the plant until the foliage turns yellow and dies back, and cut back the dead foliage before digging.

hyacinth bulb sprout
Hyacinth grows back from its bulb if the bulb is dug up just after it stores enough energy.

But do not remove leaves until they have completely become brown and dry to the touch.

Doing so can prevent energy waste through seed production, promoting better foliage and blooms.

However, if you are thinking of growing Hyacinth from seeds, leave some flowers on the plant.

How to Transplant Hyacinth Bulbs?

Transplanting Hyacinth from pot to ground is an easy task with a simple procedure.

But you must gather these necessary tools and materials before shoving your hand in the dirt to transplant Hyacinth.

Gardening ShearsTo trim down the leaves and cut spent flowers
Garden ForkTo loosen the soil around the plants and combing the soil from the roots
ShovelTo lift up the raked plants deep down from the roots
Gardening HoseTo wash the entire plant with water and remove the dirt and pests from the leaves and roots
TrowelTo lift the soil and fill the dig hole with light soil
Gardening GlovesTo protect your hand from getting dirty and getting hurt by the sharp tools
Bulb FertilizerTo encourage healthier growth from the bulb

Now let us get started with transplanting Hyacinth bulbs, shall we? 

But wait!!! Did you wear garden gloves? Please do because Hyacinth is toxic and can cause mild skin irritation due to its oxalic acid content.

  • Before transplanting the bulbs, find a proper location where the plant will get full sun.
  • Using a garden fork or trowel, loosen the soil a few inches away from the plant base to avoid damage to the bulb.
  • Pull out the bulb and remove the soil attached to it by subtly shaking them. 
  • Sort the bulbs depending on their sizes and remove the offsets.
  • Dig up a hole almost four to six inches deep with enough width.
  • Remove any rock, weeds, or debris.
hyacinth sprout
Hyacinth sprouts back in Spring from its bulbs.
  • Add organic compost and bulb fertilizer to the soil to ensure ingredients-rich soil. 
  • Place the bulbs in the hole while ensuring the pointy side is up, and lightly cover them with soil.
  • Ensure to keep the bulbs four or five inches away from each other to avoid clashes for nutrients.
  • Thoroughly water to soak the garden bed’s top five or six inches after transplanting Hyacinth bulbs
  • Apply few inch layer of mulch to top the garden bed. It maintains moisture and protects bulbs during the winter.

After transplanting Hyacinths, leave them for rest, as they will go through cold dormancy to bloom back in Spring.

Pro Tip: If you can not transplant the Hyacinth bulbs straight away, you should keep them in a dry, cool place to use when the right time arrives.

Care Tips for Hyacinth Bulbs After Transplanting

Besides waiting for Spring to come, you still need to provide some care to your planted Hyacinth bulbs.

Therefore, carefully follow these care routines for your recently transplanted Hyacinth bulbs.

  • Consider placing your plant in a location where they receive at least seven or eight hours of full sun or partial shade.
  • Let the soil dry in between watering routines to avoid too much water in the soil resulting in premature bulb rotting. 
  • Continue watering even in winter after the soil dries up. Use chopsticks or fingers to test the soil moisture.
  • Provide a well-draining, light, and loose soil full of organic matter while ensuring the pH level is between 6.0 to 7.0.
  • Your plant will easily survive the outdoor coldness if you live in between 4 to 8 USDA hardiness zones. But consider storing bulbs indoors if it gets way too cold in winter.
Hyacinth bulbs
Store Hyacinth bulbs in a cool, dry place.
  • You shall artificially chill the Hyacinth bulbs if the temperature in winter does not drop below 60°F.
  • Ensure to add balanced 10-10-10 bulb fertilizers or fish emulsions while transplanting bulbs.
  • Squirrels, chipmunks, and hamsters feast on Hyacinth bulbs, so consider using deterrents to keep them away.

The bulb’s health condition and the energy accumulated in it decides the flower quality.

Therefore, carefully proceed with transplanting Hyacinth and take care of the plant afterward, as I mentioned above.

Transplanted Hyacinth bulbs
Provide optimum care to your transplanted Hyacinth bulbs.


Transplanting Hyacinth from pot to garden is a brilliant way to help plant bulbs and store enough energy.

Do not hurry to dig up bulbs! Let flowering end before transplanting bulbs, and follow aftercare carefully.

Happy Gardening!

If you have Daylilies plants, you shall check this article on how to transplant Daylilies.

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