Paperwhites are a beautiful holiday flower, but in order to have them blooming for Christmas, it’s time to plant them now.
This is a great first time project for new gardeners. Paperwhites don’t require any cooling or conditioning in order for them to bloom indoors, and typically appear is 30-40 days. Another bonus of paperwhites, they are incredibly fragrant.
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Paperwhites HERE can be planted indoors or outdoors. Winters are cold in my region of the world, so I would love to see these flowers bloom indoors in time for Christmas.
To plant these bulbs indoors, you can use any glass or ceramic bowl. These bulbs require only 3″ of root room so shallow containers work well. You can plant your bulbs in soil, pebbles, tumbled beach glass, sand, or glass marbles.
I am planting my bulbs in a clear glass container with river rocks. The kit I ordered came with a growing medium, a cocopeat disk. This disk helps the growing process of the blooms but is not necessary to use.
I inserted the cocopeat disk into the container and added 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
Amazing! Look how much it expanded after 15 minutes!
I added another 1/4 cup warm water to break down the remaining soil and added decorative river rocks to the mix.
Insert the bulbs into the container, securing them between the rocks.
Add more water to the container, making sure at least 1/4 of the bulb is exposed. Do not soak the bulb in water.
It is important to place the container in a sunny spot and keep at a temperature of 65-70 degrees. Increase watering once the flowering stocks begin to appear. When the flowers begin blooming, take out of direct sunlight to prolong the flowering period.
Most importantly, enjoy your paperwhite blooms!
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