Hyacinth Bulbs 
How to Grow Bulbs in a Basket  

Want to plant Hyacinth bulbs in a basket but not sure how to do it? Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on how to grow hyacinth bulbs and make it into a floral basket. A gift family and friends will love to receive or make for yourself.

A basket is a versatile object. It can be used for storage, giving gifts, you can even plant bulbs, like spring bulbs in them and make your own unique gift basket ideas come alive.

There are lots of spring bulbs available in the stores but the ones that everyone knows -- are, Daffodils, Tulips, Freesias, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Narcissus and Crocus. They are all good spring flowering bulbs and excellent for planting in a basket.

So buy your flowering bulbs and make a great floral gift baskets

(Look to the right for tips on buying your bulbs).

There are so many bulbs available in the stores and garden centers I find it very hard to choose only a few. When I visit my garden center, even in the winter, there are always some kind of bulbs available.

Most of you are familiar with Hyacinths bulbs grown in baskets. I'm sure you have seen them in someone's house or in your local supermarket at certain times of the year. They can be very expansive so why not grow your own Hyacinths in a basket? It's easy to do; anyone can do it.

I chose Hyacinths because they don't need a cold period like most bulbs do and because of that they are easy to grow. 

There fragrant flower spikes release a wonderful perfume as you walk into any room. They make the perfect thank you gift basket or to cheer a friend up who is under the weather, a get well gift basket.

So why not make your own colorful gift and plant bulbs in a basket and give a splash of color to family and friends. 

How to Grow Hyacinth Bulbs in a Basket

The bulbs I have used for the basket below are a mixture of colored  Hyacinths. Hopefully they will look good and have a wonderful scent. You can use one color Hyacinth, they come in a range of colors, pink, blue, white, yellow, red-purple and pale-orange. So you can mix and match your colors.

White and Blue Hyacinths tend to be the most fragrant.

Hyacinth Bulbs: Things You Need:

  1. A basket. Choose a basket with deep sides, this is so you can add plenty of soil for planting bulbs.
  2. Some sort of thick plastic. I used a white garbage bag but a black garbage bag or a plastic grocery bag will also do folded in half. (don't worry about the advertizing on the bag, nobody will see it).
  3. A small bag of potting soil. (buy regular potting soil for best results).
  4. Bulbs. Select your bulbs carefully. (always look at the info on the back of label).


  • I lined my basket with plastic garbage bag. This is so soil does not seep through the basket and make a mess and it can be watered.
  • I filled the basket 3/4 full with soil.
  • Plant your bulbs as recommended on the packet. (this is found somewhere on the packet).
  • Once I covered my bulbs with soil I cut the plastic bag so it's the same height as my basket. Once the bulbs are in flower the leaf's will cover the remaining plastic. 

5.  Now I have planted all my Hyacinth bulbs with a light covering of soil, I got 2 container full of Hyacinth blubs from 1 packet. No bad. Watch this space. 

Now you know how easy it is to plant hyacinth bulbs why not plant bulbs all year round for a blooming great gift basket everyone will love.

Use different kind of bulbs, spring bulbs or summer bulbs, there are lots available any time of year.

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Tips On Buying Bulbs!

When buying bulbs, look for any that are soft, damaged, rotting or shriveling; leave those and buy the ones that are firm to the touch and healthy looking.

Buying loose bulbs are sometimes cheaper then prepacked bulbs.

Buying Collections: This means there are a variety of similar types of bulbs in one package.   

Best time to plant bulbs: When they become available in the stores.


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