Hyacinths

For centuries hyacinths were the most important flower bulbs in Holland, long before tulips and lilies became popular. Growing flower bulbs was synonymous for growing hyacinths. Nowadays, hyacinths make up about ten percent of all Dutch flower bulbs.

They are mostly grown in the western part of Holland, close to the North Sea coast. It takes four years to grow one hyacinth bulb. When you buy a hyacinth as a bulb or as a cut flower, it is already well into its fifth year! Hyacinths are native to the eastern Mediterranean, but they can now be found in gardens all over the world. The most well-known colours of hyacinths are blue, purple, white and pink, but there are also red, yellow and orange hyacinths. Hyacinths are becoming increasingly popular as cut flowers, bringing instant happiness to everyone who cannot wait for spring.