Forcing Paper Whites

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If you are wanting 
blooming Narcissus’ for Christmas
 this is the week to plant them.
PaperWhites are easy to grow in your home this winter with sweet fragrant flowers you will enjoy for several weeks.
PaperWhites may be grow in a dish of pebbles.  Select a shallow dish with no drain holes.  Fill it half way with pebbles.  Nestle the bulbs into the pebbles, pointed end up, and fill the rest of the dish with the remaining pebbles.
 Then add water, keeping the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs.
When the sprouts begin to grow, put the dish in bright light and watch as the foliage and flowers emerge.
 Remember to add water periodically, do not let the bulbs dry out.  Cool temperatures keep the flowers fresher longer.
How to Force Paperwhite Bulbs



  1. says

    Hi Dawn! Oh, you’re just the smartest little one. I’ve never done this but now I know how! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m so glad you like my little tea towel. I made that a while back!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. says

    I’ve never done this but it is something I’d like to try. So, tomorrow I’m off for finding paperwhites and/or narcissus. Thanks for the heads up. Have a great weekend.

  3. says

    Those are going to be so pretty in your sweet white dishes!

  4. says

    My sister and I were just talking about paper whites yesterday. Great timely post.


  5. says

    I may have to see if I can find some bulbs, I would love to try this!

  6. says

    I love paper whites, too. I wish they lasted all year.

  7. says

    Good reminder – I need to go get some bulbs. I agree with the comment on hating how they fall over, however. Last year I ended up transferring one of them to a tall vase so I could enjoy it upright. The others were in a twine straight-jacket but still fell over.

    • says

      Barb, I put twine around mine too. I think this year I may try and add chicken wire as they grow and see how that looks.

  8. Cynthia Adler says

    I saved mine from last year! I am going to attempt to force them now. Do you have any suggestions ? They look kind of dry!

    • says

      Cynthia I keep mine in the freezer all year long and bring them out to thaw before planting. Im not sure if they haven’t went through the dormant stage (freezer) if they will bloom again.

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