Sep, Oct, Nov
At its best:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
Half fill a pot with bulb fibre or general-purpose compost. Don't firm it down so that the roots can push through it easily.
Place bulbs on the surface, close but not touching each other, or the sides of the pot. Some people have an allergic reaction to hyacinth bulbs, so wear gloves.
Fill around the bulbs with more compost to about 2cm below the rim of the pot, leaving the tips of the bulbs showing. Firm the compost around them gently.
Hyacinth bulbs can brighten up the darkest days of winter, and are very easy to grow.
Water the bulbs. Take care not to overwater, especially if the container has no drainage holes.
Put in a cool, dark place, such as a dark corner in a shed, garage or cellar, to chill. Check on them regularly to ensure that the compost has not dried out. When the shoots are about 5cm high, bring the pots indoors, where they will take about three weeks to flower.