Paperwhites are a form of narcissus, related to daffodils. They are highly fragrant and very easy to grow!
  • Choose large, firm bulbs
  • Three ways to grow: In water only, water in gravel, in soil:
      • Water: use a special forcing vase that holds bulb just at top of water 
      • Water in gravel: (planter with NO drainage hole) fill so that ½ of bulb is above gravel. Keep water touching bottom of bulb 
      • Soil: Use Edna’s best potting soil in a pot with drainage hole. Leave ¼ of bulb showing.
  • When to plant
      • Anytime from fall through winter
      • Bloom surprisingly quickly—allow about 6 weeks to bloom from planting time
  • Care
      • Always give strong light—sun through window is best (if you don’t, they will stretch for light and  bloom stems will tip over )
      • No need to feed—bulb has stored food
      • Keep water level touching bulb bottom if in water or gravel
      • Keep soil moist (but NOT soggy) if in soil—allow to water to drain from pot
      • If flowers tip, put in a small bamboo stake and tie leaves and stems in a bunch with raffia or twine
      • Plant in the garden after blooming for winter blooms next year (don’t try to re-force, however)
Make great holiday gifts and cheer up any room with flowers and fragrance.     Learn more about Paperwhites > Learn more about other bulbs in the Garden Living Blog >