• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Growing and Forcing Paperwhites to Bloom Indoors

Add a little life and a lot of fragrance to your home with paperwhites. 

Start by filling a shallow watertight container with sterile pea gravel, pebbles or marbles. Add just enough water to reach the top of the stones. Place 5 or more bulbs close together on the gravel. Secure by covering the bottom of the bulbs with more pebbles. Maintain the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs.

Place the bulbs in a cool location, 50 to 60 degrees, for several weeks to develop roots. Move to a cool sunny location as soon as leaves appear.

Brighter light and cool temperatures help reduce floppiness. Or try this technique tested by Cornell University. Once the leaves are 2 inches tall replace the plain water with a mixture of one cup 80-proof clear liquor in 7 cups of water.

A bit more information: You can also plant the bulbs in a well-drained potting mix. Use a shallow container with drainage holes. Plant so the tops of the bulbs are exposed. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the potting mix moist, but not wet.

Related

Upcoming Appearances


June 22, 2021
Low Growing Shrubs & Vines
to Attract Pollinators

Webinar

July 18, 2021
Drought Tolerant Perennials & Shrubs for Southeastern Wisconsin
In-person event

July 20, 2021
"Ask the Plant Doctor"
Question & Answer Session 

Webinar

July 24, 2021
Lake Country Art & Garden Tour
In-person event

Register today! Plus, watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND
for a limited time.

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to win 3 bags of Wool Pellets and reduce watering by up to 25%!

ENTER NOW