Paperwhites for Winter Blooms

Paperwhites are a quick and easy way to banish winter blahs in your home. Pot them up in soil, sand or gravel and water for fragrant blooms in 4 to 6 weeks. Here's how.

Buy only firm bulbs and purchase enough to plant new pots every two weeks for a steady supply of flowers through the winter.

Store the unplanted bulbs in a brown paper bag in a cool, dry location.

Paperwhites will grow in almost anything—soil, gravel or just plain water. However, my preference is to plant them in soil because the bulbs are well anchored and they tip over less frequently.

Paperwhite Narcissus Fill a pot about two-thirds full with moistened potting soil, push the bulbs in and add more soil to cover the bulbs, leaving about 1 inch of the top of the bulb uncovered. A 5-inch pot will hold 3 or 4 bulbs, snuggled against each other.

Keep the planted bulbs in a warm, light place and growth will begin immediately.

Keep the plants well watered.

Display the flowers in cool locations to keep them looking their best. To keep foliage from growing spindly give plants plenty of light and turn the container 180 degrees each day. If the light source is too faint or far away, the plant will strain toward the light making the stems weak.

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