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A green thumb is a gift that not everybody has. Cultivating blossoming flowers in your garden is hard work. You might take your time thinking about what kind of flowers you should grow in your backyard. Then invest in good pots and fertilizers to ensure their growth. But it sure is fulfilling when finally, bees and butterflies come roaming like free folks.

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Having colourful and fragrant bulbs will surely attract some little animal friends visiting your garden. What a great way to start your day with your loved ones, right? Ever heard of Grape Hyacinths? This flower will surely be a good addition to your growing around your little sanctuary.

What Is A Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth originated in the southeastern part of Europe. As opposed to its name, it is not an authentic hyacinth. The real hyacinth is often used by international florists to create bouquets. It belongs to the Lily family (Liliaceae) under the genus Muscari, derived from the Greek term for “musk.” The name Grape Hyacinth comes from the striking resemblance of its flowers to those of hanging clusters of grapes. 

If grown with no prior knowledge, Grape Hyacinth can become pretty invasive. As a grower, you are responsible for using common gardening practices to handle a fast-growing plant like a Grape Hyacinth.

Ideally, Grape Hyacinths are best suited for decorating the margins of either gardens or pathways. You can perceive them as little jewellery beautifying your landscape. If planned right, a good number of Grape Hyacinths can give your garden the illusion of a flowing river. On taking care of and growing Grape Hyacinths, you can check for more on Gardener’s Path.

Appearance

Grape Hyacinths have long, extended, and droopy green leaves that emerge from the ground up mid-spring. Then the flowers will slowly bloom after the leaves have come out. Each bulb of Grape Hyacinth produces more or less one to three flower stalks. Each flower stalk consists of 20-40 flowers gathered around it. Its height ranges from 6-8 inches high. 

It also has a slight grape-like fragrance. Its floret has a rim of a thin white band around it. Grape Hyacinths’ flowers open in sequence, from bottom to the top. This effect causes the flowers on the lowest part to wither while the top flowers are still blooming.

Where To Plant A Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinths are good to be planted in a well-organized garden since it spreads before you know it. It is best to plant them in huge numbers with their bright colours, so they gather beautifully around your space. 

Keep in mind that these plants have smaller buds. Compared to bigger buds, smaller buds tend to dry out faster. So, as a grower, you need to start planting your Grape Hyacinths during the start of fall to give them enough moisture. 

Also, they only require a light shade for them to grow. Don’t worry. This plant is not that hard to maintain. Only make sure not to plant them in an extreme environment. Any place that is not too wet or too dry will suffice for them.

How To Plant A Grape Hyacinth

Planting Grape Hyacinths is just a walk in the park if you know what to do. First, loosen up the soil, and uproot the weeds around it. You should remove competing roots or plants first and foremost. This step is a routine best used by every grower out there.

What you should do next is to plant a cluster of 10 or more bulbs, preferably more. Then set the bulbs two times deeper than their height. Place each stalk one inch apart from each other. This proceeding step is done to give each stalk ample space to grow and breathe.  

Tips on Growing Grape Hyacinths

Caring for these dazzling flowers will not require you much work. Once you get the overall idea of it, everything good will eventually follow. You can even do this task with your loved ones and become one of your favourite past-times together. The following might give you some idea of how you can properly grow your grape hyacinths:

  1. Your flowers will need exceptional drainage from you. Grape Hyacinths cannot thrive if left to sit on water for far too long, especially during winter.
  2. Little to no fertilizer is all you want to give your flowers. Having excessively rich soil will only make them produce fewer flowers and more foliage. You don’t certainly want that to happen.
  3. Make sure to consistently moist the soil when spring comes. And, when the flowers have finally bloomed, you will want to water them less often. 

Takeaway

Growing your garden gives you something to look forward to. As every grower would say, gardening can show you the beauty of life’s cycle, making you appreciate life more. Once you see your flowers blooming, as you spend time on your outdoor lawn, it will stir up a special kind of purpose in you. Indeed, a sweet life!

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