How to Plant and Grow Paperwhites
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
- 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)