I adore paper-whites. I love that they remind me of the holidays, my Grandmother, and that a garden can be grown indoors. In just a few weeks after planting you will have the most splendid fragrant little blossoms.

A favorite method for forcing is to nestle bulbs into small rocks and pour water just to the base of the bulbs. They need light, but not direct sun. Within just a few days, you should see tiny little roots beginning to sprout. Keep the water level just at the very base of the bulb. As the stems grow taller, you may need to tie a little string or ribbon around them to keep them from flopping over.

The plant you see below was started 13 days ago. Begin forcing bulbs this week and you’ll have blossoms in time for the New Year!


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