A few minutes now will make days of fragrant wonder
as we get deeper into Winter!
This is a recycled pot from Summer plantings, I saved it because I thought
it would be great for pre-chilled Paper Whites in Winter.
Bulbs for forcing on commonly available now, such hardware stores, and even grocery stores. Amaryllis is another popular bulb to grow. The Paper Whites will need about 6 weeks to grow and bloom. The is nothing like fragrant, fresh white flowers blooming in the depth of Winter, in the house:-)
To do this simple project you need healthy Narcissus bulbs (there are other
bulbs that can be used if they have prepared for "forcing" by chilling for 12 weeks or so before planting). You need bulb medium or fine peat moss, seed starter soil will do..or you can actually just use gravel. If you use a soil medium you can replant the bulbs outside and eventually they will bloom. The reason you do not use regular potting soil is that the bulb will be nourished and put energy into growing tall leaves instead of big flowers!. The miracle of the bulb is that
Mother Nature has everything the plant needs to grow and bloom , in the bulb. It is pretty amazing! So bulbs, growing medium, a suitable pot and moss to put on top to help hold moisture. When you start, the growing medium should moist, but not really wet. Fill your container two thirds full, pat down to make it firm.
As roots grow it will push the bulbs upward, so you want to a container deep enough to allow this.
Now you are ready to position bulbs. Placing dried roots downward, place the bulbs evenly spaced, not touching each other or the sides of the pot. Press down firmly so they hold their position.
Now cover the bulbs up to where they start to curve inward to the top. Just over the shoulder. If you have used a container with drain holes, be sure you have it in a drip tray, and water regularly to keep soil medium nice and moist. If your container does not have holes, be careful about watering so as not to over water.
Bulbs best like bright light and cooler air, so a window is sometimes perfect. If your setting is less than perfect, you can grow and bloom them somewhere else and then place them in the perfect place once they are ready to bloom.
Soon the the leaf buds will be peeping up!
These are the blooms of Paper Whites. I will add progress shots of mine and eventually replace this picture with what I have planted today.