Hyacinth care - 'deadhead?' Water? Etc.
I feel a little like someone just handed me an infant, and I have no idea what to do for the thing!
My friend gave a some very beautiful potted hyacinths, bought at a grocery store and already blooming. I saw the recent post about whether to re-pot, but my questions are a little more basic.
I head someone say I should "deadhead" the spent blooms, but I don't know whether that means I should pick off the small individual blooms, or lop off each whole stem with multiple blooms once most of them are brown.
Also, if I deadhead the blooms, I won't get seed, right? I don't care about getting seed so much as having healthy hyacinths next year, but I am curious about them.
Also - I feel so clueless - I have no idea how much I need to be watering them! They are flowering, so do they need more water? How much now, and how much at other times when they are not blooming?
How long do blooms typically last? I feel like I must be doing something wrong because the blooms started fading pretty much as soon as I brought them home.
Thanks so much for humoring total newbie questions!!