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Starting Paperwhites for the Holidays

Paperwhites in full bloom, with little yellow stamens

How To Force Paperwhites
In Time For Holiday Blooms

Fill this winter season with fragrance and beauty by growing indoor bulbs. Planting beautiful Paperwhite Narcissus can make your season brighter. Plant bulbs four to six weeks prior to when you want the best blooms.
3 paper white bulbs

Basic Supplies for Planting Paperwhites

  • Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs
  • A glass jar, vase or bowl without drainage holes
  • Decorative rocks, exotic pebbles, exotic beach glass or even marbles
  • Super moss, sphagnum moss or Spanish moss
Paperwhite flowers in full bloom. Paperwhite in glass bowel sprouting from bulb.l bloom

How To Plant Paperwhites

  • Fill container with rock, pebbles, glass or marbles to desirable height. Consider adding levels of different materials to create color effects layering red or green glass on top of each other creates a holiday theme.
  • Place Paperwhites in container with pointed ends up.
  • Gently nestle bulbs in the medium for stability. Plant bulbs close together without letting them touch each other or the side of the pot.
  • Add moss to the top of the container for effect.
  • Fill container with water. Add enough water so that the bulbs are sitting out of water but the beginning roots are wet. Bulbs rot when they sit in water.
  • Keep container in indirect sunlight for two weeks at temps around 60°F.
  • Move the pot to a bright, sunny window at temps around 68°F once shoots are 3”-5”.
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