Gardening Tales

Paperwhite Christmas

November 27, 2012
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 

for Christmas!

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  1. Your green thumb always amazes me! I love these flowers. :) Samantha


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