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Forcing Paperwhites

Posted on December 08 2020

Forcing Paperwhites
Let's face it, we all know how lovely it would be if we could have flowers in the winter - something to brighten up those dreary, cold days of December.  Lucky for us, paperwhites exist! Paperwhites are part of the narcissus family, and produce a wonderfully fragrant and petite white flower.  The bulbs are traditionally forced around the holidays and make a lovely addition to any decor! Paperwhites are notoriously easy to force, and is a great project for beginners.
Here are a few steps on how to force your own paperwhites for the holiday season.

What you'll need:

  • Paperwhite bulbs
  • Decorative rocks
  • Clear container
  • Water


1. Add rocks to your container

Add rocks to the bottom 2-3" of the container you've chosen.

2. Add bulbs

Once you've added the rocks to your container, place your bulbs in the container.  Be sure to press them gently into the rocks to ensure they stay upright. The sprout should be pointing up and the roots on the rocks.

3. Add water

Add water to just cover the rocks.  You want the base of the bulbs to be touching the water, but not be fully immersed.

4. Wait patiently for flowers!

In 4 to 6 weeks, you should see your paperwhites start to bloom! Put them in a cool, sunny window to keep them happy.
Did you know? You can also force paperwhites in a pot with soil - it all depends on which look you prefer!


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