How to Grow Hyacinthoides
Hyacinthoides, also known as Spanish Bluebells, are exceedingly pretty flowers that are characterised by their clusters of delicate bell-shaped flowers. Despite their name, Spanish Bluebells are available in a variety of colours including pink. Enormously popular, these charming beauties are very prolific and will return year on year in even greater numbers.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to planting Hyacinthoides bulbs:
- Hyacinthoides bulbs are planted In Autumn, before the ground freezes. Pick a spot with good drainage.
- Dig a hole around 6-8cm deep (follow the general rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them), drop the bulb in, and cover with soil. Make sure you place the bulb the right way up - Spanish Bluebell bulbs look like a miniature onion with a slightly pointy head and sometimes have wiry roots growing out of the underside - plant with the pointy head / spike pointing up.
- Leave approximately 10cm between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can space them a little closer together.
- After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
- Hyacinthoides bulbs will flower in Spring. After the flowers die down, allow the plant to enjoy a rest period - there is no need to water much during this period. Leaves will also die back and at this point you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its course.