Curing Hyacinths: When To Dig Up Hyacinth Bulbs For Storing

The main purpose of storing hyacinth bulbs is to prevent them from rotting or even going bad. If they are stored properly, then it will not rot and will last longer than if they were left out in the open.

When you have a large amount of hyacinth bulbs, it is best to dig up some of them every year so that there is always enough space for new growth. However, if you only have a few plants and want to save time digging up all your hyacinths each year, then you can just keep the ones that are growing well and remove those that aren’t.

You might consider keeping one plant per bulb.

In general, hyacinth bulbs grow better when kept in a cool area (around 60°F/16°C) but they can survive outside as long as the temperature stays above 50°F (10°C). They will die if exposed to temperatures lower than 40°F (4°C), so don’t leave them out too much.

Hyacinth Bulb Storage – How To Store Them After Blooming?

You should know that you cannot keep hyacinths in a cold place (like a refrigerator) because they react badly to the drastic change in temperature. However, you can easily keep them in a dark place like a closet. If you want to display them in your room or office, you can also keep them in clear containers or jars so that you can see the colorful blooms. You can also display them in a flower vase whenever you want to enjoy their beauty.

How To Repot (Alternatively Known As: Re-Budding) A Dutchman’s Pipe?

If we are talking about how to repot a regular plant, then the answer is you can’t. These are wild plants that grow naturally and rarely thrive when reined in by human interference. That being said, if you still wish to try and tame this beautiful but wild flower then you should gather your gear and get started!

Dutchman’s pipe or ghost plant (Aristolochia macrophylla) is a species of perennial flowering plant native to Florida and other regions of the southeastern USA. You may also know it by another name, Dutchman’s pipe or Dutchman’s pipe vine.

This plant grows in the wild in a creeping habit and can reach a height of around 3 feet. The flowers are white tinged with purple and shaped like pipes. You will also see that the vine has heart-shaped leaves and kidney-bean shaped seeds.

You can grow this vine successfully if you live in zones 8 through 11. It will not survive outdoors anywhere else, but it can be grown as a houseplant just about anywhere.

This vine needs partial sun to grow successfully. It doesn’t do well in direct sunlight, so plant it in a location that receives morning sun and then shade for the rest of the day.

1. Identify a healthy young Dutchman’s pipe vine that is at least 12 inches long.

Choose a vine that has several trumpet-shaped flowers that are still green. The younger the better because the plants will have time to become established in their new pots before growing too large to manage.

2. Fill a bucket 3/4 full of a well-draining cactus and succulent soil.

Or, you can use a mixture of 1 part perlite to 1 part potting soil.

3. Set the young plant inside the bucket.

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It’s OK if the vine is cramped in the bucket for a year. Just make sure that the bucket is no more than 3/4 full so that the soil doesn’t squeeze out when you fill it with water.

4. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with the soil mixture.

Press the soil down firmly so that there are no air pockets.

5. Place the potted vine in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight.

It will grow best if the vine is root-bound, which means filling a pot just 1/2 to 2/3 full. If you grow it in a too-big pot, it will have a hard time absorbing all the water it needs.

6. Keep the soil surface moist at all times.

Never allow it to dry out or the vine will suffer and perhaps die. If the weather is hot and sunny, water every couple of days.

During cold or cloudy weather, water once a week.

7. Fertilize in early spring just before new growth begins with a liquid cactus and succulent fertilizer.

Continue to fertilize twice a year after that, once in spring and again in late summer. Use 1/4 strength every time.

8. Repot every other year in early spring.

Choose a pot just large enough to accommodate the roots and ensure that it has at least one drainage hole.

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9. Prune out any dead roots or branches as needed.

It’s OK to take a little off the top as long as you are careful not to damage any of the live veins.

10. Enjoy your pretty vine!

Sources & references used in this article:


Production of grape-hyacinth bulbs by D Griffiths – 1925 –

Hyacinth height control using preplant bulb soaks of flurprimidol by BA Krug, BE Whipker, I McCall – HortTechnology, 2006 –

The production of hyacinth bulbs by D Griffiths – 1930 –



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