Thursday, December 5, 2019

Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs

Growing Bulbs Indoors For The Holidays

Posted By: in Bulbs

Usually, when we are getting ready for the winter season our minds are not thinking about blooming flowers or gardening.
However, it’s super easy to have beautiful blooming bulbs in your home for the holidays!

There are a variety of bulbs you can do this with such as, amaryllis, hyacinths, and then the flower we will show you today which is called a paperwhite Narcissus!
Paperwhite Narcissus
The best thing about paperwhites is that they have been prepared by the grower and do not require any chilling time. Most bulbs need time to chill before they can bloom.
For example, Hyacinths need up to 15 weeks of chilling time before they will be ready to be forced to bloom. If you are wanting bulbs for your home, make sure you ask for prepared bulbs. When they come into the warmth of your home, they will think Spring and begin to grow.
Paperwhite Narcissus

Forcing your paperwhites to bloom does not take much effort, and they will start to grow relatively quickly. It takes only 2-3 weeks before they are in full bloom, but watching the roots develop and grow in your DIY decoration will keep you interested!

You only need a few things to get started:

  • Paperwhite Bulbs 
  • Small pebbles/rocks 
  • A clear container (mason jars work great)
  • Decorations if you want to make it festive!
 

Step 1

Fill your clear jar or container with the pebble fairly close to the top, you may need to adjust depending on the size of your container.

Forcing Paper Whites

Step 2

Place your paperwhite bulbs in the glass jar. You want them to be close together so they can support one another as they grow Here’s a tip, when forcing paperwhites you will want at least two bulbs in one jar as it will look better when they’re done blooming. From a design point of view, odd numbers of bulbs always work too!

Forcing Paper Whites

Step 3

This is where you get to be creative! you can use so many different things to make this look festive for the holidays. We used fresh pine and cedar along with the sparkly branches and golden balls to bring that holiday feel. The great thing is there is no right way to personalize and it is a great activity for the family. Grab some old Christmas knick-knacks and let the creativity flow!

Step 4

Fill up your jar with water just so that the base of the bulb is sitting in it. In just a few days you will start to see the bulb spread its roots. Not long after that, you’ll have beautiful paperwhites for the holiday season!
Forcing Paper Whites

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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