Grape hyacinths are perennial spring flowering bulbs with flowers that look like blue bunches of grapes

Plant bulbs in autumn

Muscari latifolium

Common Name
Grape hyacinth

Grape hyacinths grow in sun or under a little shade; they don’t like extremes, so don’t plant them where it’s too wet or too dry. Be careful where you plant the bulbs because grape hyacinths spread very quickly.

Growing Tips

Growing conditions

Grape hyacinths will grow in a nice sunny, sheltered place outside.

When to grow

Plant bulbs in a pot in autumn to enjoy their blue flowers in the spring.

What you need

  • A packet of Muscari bulbs
  • Plant label and pencil
  • Gardening gloves (some bulbs can irritate the skin)
  • Hand trowel

How to grow

  1. Loosen the soil in your garden, and remove any weeds and stones from the area you plan to use.
  2. Dig a hole for a group of bulbs about 30cm wide and 10cm deep (a good rule is to put the bulbs about three times as deep as they are tall).
  3. Place the bulbs in the hole with the narrow part of the bulb facing the sky in groups of ten or more, at least 10cm apart.
  4. Carefully cover the loose soil over the bulbs and wait until the spring for some beautiful flowers.

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