I have decided to slowly introduce gardening back into my life and I am starting with this cute bulb annual. As I introduce plants and gardening back into my life I am being far more aware of what is pet friendly and what it not. Especially with that little baby kitty he is into everything so I don’t want him getting sick because he went to a buffet of green stuff. Turns out a lot of plants out there can be really harmful to your pets so it is a really important thing to think about when being a pet owner and gardener.
I came across the Hyacinth it was the only blooming early spring flower at the store at the time I purchased that was not a hazard to my pets health. The flower, stems and leaves themselves are not toxic but the bulbs of the plant are. So unless my kitties go digging up bulbs and eating them they will be fine with these.
March 7th is World Hyacinth Day. These flowers are so fragrant and beautiful I absolutely love them. I only got the one as a trial to see how they do. The Hyacinths are a great plant for cutting though I left mine as is as I only had the one and in a small indoor pot.
The Hyacinth grows best in zones 3 through 8. For best conditions plant in fertile well draining soil and full sunlight. They grow about 4 to 8 inches wide and 6 to 12 inches high. When buying the bulbs the bigger the bulb the bigger the flowers will be. Avoiding soft, bruised or moldy bulbs and make sure there is no curling growth at the tip. Plant new bulbs every two to three years as the flowers will get smaller as the years go on.
The flowers tend to lean as shown in this photo. Exposure to full sun can help with this but also staking the flowers upright. The Hyacinth comes in many colour varieties such as pink, lavender, orange, red, cream, peach salon, and sky blue. Some companion plants are Tulips, Magnolias, and flowering cherry. However some of these may have a toxicity level dangerous to pets.
Plant bulbs in the fall the warmer the climate the later you will plant. Plant about 4 inches deep 3 inches apart. Plant in loose well draining soil using compost or bone meal. In the spring fertilize with a liquid plant food to encourage big blooms. In late spring cut flower spikes prior to them wilting. Continue to water the foliage, do not cut or the bulb may not flower for the following year.
Hyacinths do well indoors as well as out. When planting outdoors you may want to use chicken wire in the 6 inch deep hole to protect against pests and rodents.
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