You can grow paperwhite Narcissus right inside your home and have beautiful white blooms that will perfume your room and brighten any cold dreary day!
Flowers brighten any dreary day at my house but during the winter months I find that I need them around more than ever! They’re just so cheerful and happy not to mention their intoxicating aroma can lift my spirits in no time flat.
Paperwhite Narcissus have to be one of my very favorite flowers to force inside during the long winter months. It only take a few moments to find a sweet container and plant the bulbs in some potting soil and water them in. A few weeks later you’ll magically see buds and then shortly after, beautiful blossoms appear! And let me tell you my heart seems to bud and blossom right along with them!
My only complaint in years past was the way the blooms weighed the stems down causing them to fall over. However, this year I’ve supported the stems with bamboo skewers and twine and as you can see, they’re as perky as can be!
Treat yourself or a friend to an early Spring with some paperwhite Narcissus bulbs and watch your heart and home blossom right along with them!
Here are a few ideas for some easy paperwhite gift giving ::
Here are the simple instructions ::
- Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs
- potting soil
- containers deep enough for roots to grow (at least a couple inches below the bulb itself)
- Just fill the container about 3/4 full with soil and place the bulb on top pointed side up.
- Make sure to have room to sprinkle some more soil around the edges but allow for about 1/4 of the bulb to be exposed.
- Keep the soil moist but not wet and leave the container in a cool place away from direct sunlight for about two weeks until the roots have grown.
- Once the bulb is well rooted and the shoots begin to grow move the container into a bright room- next to a sunny window is best.
- Once the stems start to bloom, stick a bamboo skewer along each side of the bulb and gently tie twine around the skewers and stalks of paperwhites to keep them from drooping over.
- The bulb will usually flower about 3 weeks after planting.
- I like to plant paperwhites in groups of 3 in containers.
Wishing you an early Spring, if not outside, then in your heart & home!