27 November 2012
Paperwhite ChristmasIn: Christmas, Gardening, Paperwhite November 27, 2012 By: Jemma@athomewithjemma
Last Christmas I became of huge fan of the(Narcissus)
If you aren't familiar with this fragrant, perfectly
white delicate flowering bulbs let me introduce you !
These bulbs are a member of the daffodil family and
wonderfully enough they can be "forced," to bloom.
Place two inches of decorative pebbles into your container.
The sky is the limit on the container you choose, so have fun
and plan ahead on your decorating theme.
Add just enough water to cover the base of the bulbs- do not
cover the bulbs or they will rot.
For decorative purposes I put the cool whip container inside
my white urn-will be so pretty in just about a month when
these sweet little bulbs start to bloom!!
Just in time for Christmas!
It is very important that you keep the bottom of the bulbs in
water-they must not dry out- when they begin to grow and
bloom, they require more water.
At this point, they do not need direct light and actually prefer a
cool environment-around 65 degrees.
I may add a small bamboo pole to my containers as these
plants do have a tendency to lean.
There are theories on adding alcohol to the water to stunt their
growth-I may experiment with one container this year.
As they continue to grow and they do so quite rapidly you can
move them to a sunny location.
When they set on blooms, I recommend moving them from
direct sunlight, so they will last longer and not get leggy.
Aren't these just beautiful, such a refreshing way to decorate
Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.
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