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January 1, 2009

Paperwhite Narcissus 5 Bulbs


Every year I force a handful of paperwhites to bloom in January. They are so fragrant and pure white and cheer up any room. If you can, start a new batch every week throughout the winter. You'll need a container without holes in the bottom and some small stones (I like 1/2" diameter). My container is much shallower than the one pictured above and it works well, too.

Fill the container 1/2 way up with stones. Make a small well in the stones for each bulb. Typically they are arranged in a circle. Put the bulbs in the wells and make sure they are stable. Eventually the roots will stabilize the bulbs. Fill the container with water until it is 1/3 of the way up the bulbs. Keep the water level constant and watch as the bulbs sprout slender green stems. After a few weeks, they will bloom!

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Posted by Mary Ellen at January 1, 2009 6:30 AM
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What to do with narcissi when the blooms are spent and the stems are falling all about themselves? If I cut back the green bits can I keep the bulbs happy and re-blooming next winter?

Posted by: korinthe at January 6, 2009 8:05 PM
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