The Complete Guide to Wood Hyacinths (Spanish bluebell), Where to Plant and When

Wood Hyacinths “Hyacinthoides hispanica” aka Spanish Bluebell is a bulbous perennial that grows from bulbs. They have long, thin leaves that are green or variegated in some varieties. The flowers are usually blue but can also be pink or white depending of the variety. This plant is not typically grown as houseplants because they thrive planted in the ground or garden and have a high water requirement. They make great outdoor plants and are planted in shady or sunny areas with moist soil.

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Cultivation and History.

Wood Hyacinth was first discovered in the 1800s, and it was used as a plant in the aquarium industry. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean and is not native to the United States. 

Plant Characteristics.

Wood Hyacinths are also known as Spanish. They are perennial bulbous plants that grow from bulbs. The bulbs are planted in the ground and are approximately 1 inch in diameter and they grow to about 1 foot tall. Wood Hyacinth is a perennial. Hyacinths are a popular flowering bulb and they are available in mainly blue color and can be planted in the garden, pots, or containers.

Habitat and Range.

This plant thrives in wet environments. It has a leafless stem, growing up to 1 foot tall. The flower can be about an inch wide and is usually blue or purple. The Wood Hyacinth’s habitat differs depending on the environment it lives in, but it will always be found near water sources.

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Plant Care and Maintenance

Plant care and maintenance are crucial for the longevity of plants. Wood Hyacinths are easy to grow and maintain as they are not particularly picky about soil, water, or light conditions. These plants can thrive in the shade and still produce vibrant flowers in a deep blue-purple color. They also have a long blooming season from April to October, perfect for people who want a plant that will last a good portion of the year. Wood Hyacinth also thrives in moist soil and has an interesting look because it can produce flowers with different colors and shapes. As previously mentioned, It needs to be watered regularly to keep its roots moist and healthy. Also, fertilize every now and then with compost or fertilizer to keep it growing strong.

Hyacinths need to be planted with some type of covering on the planting bed, such as mulch, pebbles, bark chips, or shredded bark. This helps keep moisture levels high and reduces weeds from growing, competing with hyacinths for water and nutrients.

Watering and Fertilizing.

Watering and fertilizing are two essential parts of caring for Wood Hyacinths. It would be best to use a slow stream of water with a gentle force when watering this plant but keep in mind not to keep the plant sitting in wet soil over prolonged periods but strive to keep the potting mix moist. The frequency in which you water your plants depends on the type of potting mix that you use and the climate where it is being grown. If you’re unsure, give them more frequent but smaller amounts of water rather than less frequent but larger amounts. However, remember that your plant will need to be watered less frequently in the shade.

The plant needs a fertilizer with low nitrogen but a high-phosphorus content. Many different types of fertilizers can be used on your plant; however, It is important to choose a fertilizer appropriate for the soil and the plant variety

Compost and Mulch. It is essential to use compost and mulch around the roots of the Wood Hyacinth if you want to see your plant thrive. It will also help keep the roots moist and prevent the soil from becoming compacted.

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Pruning and trimming

Pruning is the process of cutting off any excess branches, twigs, or shoots from plants. This is done to maintain the plant’s shape and prevent it from overgrowing its surroundings. Pruning also stimulates new growth and improves a plant’s overall health. Also, prune to remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches. When trimming or punning, use hand tools like pruners and shears. Pruning is also typically done to maintain health and appearance.

Cultivation and Propagation.

The cultivation and propagation of wood hyacinths typically begin with purchasing a starter kit. The starter kit usually includes a pot, soil, and seeds or bulbs. The pot should be filled with soil before adding seeds or bulbs. Once planted, it is vital to keep the soil moist until they sprout roots. Once they have sprouted roots, they can be transplanted into an outdoor garden or greenhouse for further cultivation and propagation.

In late summer or early October, plant bluebell bulbs after the heat of summer has passed. A number of bulbs can be inserted in a 2-inch (5-cm) deep hole at the same time. Water the bulbs on a regular basis throughout the fall and winter to ensure the maximum performance.

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Mature Size and Height.

Wood Hyacinths are perennial plants that grow in the wild and are also houseplants. They can be identified by their clusters of small flowers, ranging from white to pink to purple or blue but primarily blue. Keep in mind that they grow best in moist soil and can be grown indoors. They typically reach mature size and height of 8 inches to 12 inches tall but can grow taller under optimal conditions.

Flowering and Foliage.

They grow in a wide range of climates, from cold to hot. They are also known as “Spanish bluebells” Their flowers have six petals and three sepals that form like a letter “T.” The flowers can be found in blue, purple, or white shades. They are also often used for decorative purposes because of their beautiful flowers and are often found in the wild near streams or other bodies of water. They can grow up to 12 inches tall, and they bloom from March through May in some cases longer, depending on where they live in the world.

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Care & Maintenance. 

Wood Hyacinths are among the most popular flowers that grow near water sources. They are very easy to care for and require very little maintenance. All you need to do is make sure they have enough water, but be cautious not to over-water as they will rot if they sit in water over long periods. The best way to keep your plant happy by making sure their roots stay moist but not wet and soggy.

Hyacinths may be planted in a quality potting mix that drains well. The soil should be moist but not soggy, so it is best to plant the bulbs in the pot with enough space for the roots to grow and soil should also be loose to drain excess water from around the bulb.

They need plenty of sunlight and should be kept away from drafts or air conditioning vents, which can cause them to dry out quickly.

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Soil and Transplanting:

Transplanting involves moving a plant from one pot or container to another. The goal is to give the plant more space, more soil, or a better location. Wood Hyacinths are among the most popular grown in gardens around the world. However, they do require some special attention when transplanting them. Firstly, the soil you use for transplanting needs to be good quality loose and well-drained. The best time to transplant is when the plant is dormant, which means it has stopped growing for a few months. 

Transplanting during the summer or spring will not give your plant a chance to recover and may kill it quickly. Soil is an essential part of gardening, and wood hyacinths require a good quality soil mix to grow successfully; it is vital to prepare the soil before transplanting them.

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Sunlight and Temperature

Hyacinths are easy to grow and require sunlight and a temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Hyacinths are easy to grow, but they require sunlight and a temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant requires an adequate amount of sunlight to grow and thrive. They also need a moderate temperature range, meaning they should not be grown in areas where the temperature drops below freezing for an extended period.

Common Pests & Diseases

This plant can be prone to various pests and diseases that can make it difficult for them to grow.

Aphids are a common pest that can infest wood hyacinths. They are a small, soft-bodied insect that is about 1/4 inch long. Aphids can cause damage to the plant if this pest is not promptly eradicated. They can also spread viruses and diseases. Wood Hyacinths are considered invasive species in some parts of the world in which they have been introduced. In addition, they have often been considered weeds because they grow quickly and spread rapidly into nearby water sources (rivers, lakes).

How to care for Hyacinth indoors to keep it blooming?

Wood Hyacinths are a great addition to any home or office environment. To make sure that your Wood Hyacinth is blooming, follow these steps:

  • Water the plant frequently, but be careful not to oversaturate its roots with water. 
  • Ensure your plant gets enough light (look for a place with at least six hours of sunlight per day) but keep it away from direct intense sunlight.
  • Keep the temperature of your house on average between 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 73 degrees Fahrenheit (15 – 23 Celsius).
  • Keep it away from heat sources like radiators and fireplaces.

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When to plant Hyacinth plants?

Naturally, they are best planted in the spring, but they can be planted any time of the year, provided the outdoor temperatures are not freezing or extremely warm.

What to do with Hyacinth after flowering?

Some people think that the best thing to do with wood hyacinths after they flower is to throw them away. However, there are other options you can take with them. For example, you can dry and use them for craft projects. It is essential to know that hyacinth bulbs are not to be discarded but can be planted for a new batch of beautiful Spanish Bluebell plants and flowers. 


Wood Hyacinths have a special place in the heart of many people  and homes. They are magnificent plants to grow in your home and offices. It will add its bright colors to your home or office decor

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