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, with dune ground, proved to be extremely suitable for the cultivation of this flower (bulb). Under these excellent conditions, the production seriously started, and the rest is history. Nowadays there are over 2000 varieties.
The Latin name Hyacinthus is a reference to the Greek Huakinthos. Huakinthos was the name of the young man who was loved by the sun god Apollo. When he got hit during a game of discus throwing, he felled on the ground and died. On that place, where his body and blood touched the ground, a flower arose. Apollo named this flower after his friend, and since then the Hyacinth stands for peace and beauty. When Hyacinths are used in a religious setting, the flowers stand for soft love.
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
Hyacinths, just like Narcissus and Crocus, are associated with the spring. They belong to the earliest flowering bulbs with a strong smell. In total, there are about twenty-five different Hyacinths in the following colors: blue, purple, red, pink, yellow, orange and white. The biggest Hyacinth can reach thirty centimeters high. The flower is not year-round available; it’s a real seasonal product with the peak in (like you expect) spring.
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
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. The piece of the bulb, what is still on the stem, 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 for bacteria. Always use a conditioner, a general one or one especially for bulb flowers.