Hyacinths are one of the most iconic flowers from the Netherlands. We think that’s more than enough reason to offer them to your customers. Still not convinced? Then keep reading, and allow us to change your mind. Or you can simply select the topic you wish to learn more about.
Hyacinths, just like Narcissus and Crocus, are associated with spring. They belong to the earliest flowering bulbs. This means they are not available year-round. All the more reason to take your chances to sell as much of them while they are in season!
You can always find the current availability of any flower via our webshop.
How It’s Grown
We said it before: Hyacinths and the Netherlands have a rich history. So if there is one country where they know how to grow great Hyacinths, it must be here, right?
Yes, we do in fact.
Are you curious to learn how Dutch Hyacinths are being grown? We brought a visit to one of our trusted growers, G. de Wit & Zn. They are a family company that has been growing beautiful Hyacinths for over 30 years. What you would call a true Hyacinth specialist!
Four Reasons to Sell Dutch Hyacinths
If the iconic status wasn’t enough to get you convinced, here are four more reasons to start selling Hyacinths:
- Hyacinths are the ultimate spring flower: fresh and with a scent that breathes the start of spring into any room
- They are very resilient to being transported, which makes the risk for shipment errors that much smaller. This also means they can be packed very efficiently, for your convenience and your customer’s enjoyment!
- The vase-life is very good, so you’ll have a strong proposition to offer to your customers
- They require very little special attention: water and a little sunlight are enough. This also makes them very customer friendly
Shop care tips
The care of this flower differs slightly from other flowers and thus needs to be explained well. If you receive cutting Hyacinths, you should never cut off the bottom of the stem. You’ll see that a piece of the bulb is still on the stem. This is necessary for the flower to stay healthy and to absorb water.
Use a clean vase or bucket so that you can check the water level every day. Hyacinths are sensitive to bacteria. Always use a conditioner, a general one or one especially for bulb flowers.
Pro tip: use gloves when unpacking and handling your Hyacinths. They excrete a substance that can cause an itchy sensation.
Varieties, Colors, and Shapes
In total, there are about twenty-five different varieties in the following colors: blue, purple, red, pink, yellow, orange and white. The biggest Hyacinth variety can reach a height of about thirty centimeters.
The origin of the Hyacinth is in the East, around the Mediterranean, between Lebanon and Turkey. The cultivation shifted slowly to France and from France to The Netherlands in the bulb region.
This region, owing to the rich dune ground, proved to be extremely suitable for the cultivation of this flower (bulb). Under these excellent conditions, the production seriously took off, and the rest is history. Nowadays there are over 2000 varieties.
The Latin name Hyacinthus is a reference to the Greek Huakinthos, a young man who was beloved by the sun god Apollo. During a game of discus throwing, Huakinthos got hit and died. In the place where his body fell and his blood colored the ground, a flower arose. Apollo named this flower after his friend. Since then the Hyacinth has been a symbol of peace and beauty. In a more religious setting, the flowers stand for soft love.
Hyacinths are recognizable by their characteristic shape and curly flowers. Once all flower buds are opened, the Hyacinth is a real eye-catcher. It is, therefore, a pity that the flower is known as bulb and not as a cut flower!
Dare to use the flowers in a bouquet, and you will be surprised by the charm of Hyacinth. Some examples of combinations:
- Tulips, Hyacinth, Anemones, and Eucalyptus
- Hyacinths, Roses, Gerberas, Eustomas, Bouvardias, and Dianthus Barbatus Green Trick
- Hyacinths, Daffodils, and Viburnums