Hyacinths are wonderfully easy cut flowers to look after. Usually when we get deliveries of flowers the first thing we do is ‘condition’them, which means clearing the lower part of the stems of leaves, so that they won’t touch the water, which would cause them to rot and encourage bacterial growth in the vase, which in turn shortens the vase life of the flowers. The second part of conditioning is to cut the stems, on an angle, before they’re plunged in to our vases of fresh water and flower food. When you buy flowers and take them home, you should always repeat this process yourselves, to allow you flowers to drink and to ensure they last for as long as possible.
Now, cut hyacinths are a bit different. When they a prepared by the growers, the bulbs are cut away from the stem, but in such as way as to leave a section of bulb, the protuberant part at the bottom that you will see when you buy them. This section of bulb actually contains enough nutrients to keep feeding the flower while it’s in your vase. So, it’s important to actually NOT cut the stems of your hyacinth flowers, but instead, simply wash off any soil that you may find on them and put them in a clean vase of water and enjoy!