Growing Paperwhites for the Holidays

Hey y’all…Happy Friday!

Even though it’s only the end of October, now is the time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving and Christmas decor. One of the very first things that I do to kickoff the season is to start growing, or forcing, Paperwhite bulbs. These bulbs are inexpensive, they are grown indoors, they take minimal care and they burst with delicate pretty white flowers. They are highly fragrant which can be a positive or negative – depending on you personal preference. I personally place them in rooms and areas of the house that aren’t our family room or kitchen. The fragrance never bothers us.

Now, when I said that Paperwhites were easy to grow, I was not kidding. They can grow in plain water, watered down pebbles or in dirt. Dirt is messy so I never use this option. The best part is that you can get creative with your planting containers.

I found this very cute porcelain cow creamer, filled it with water and added the bulb. That’s it! I mean…c’mon – it doesn’t get any easier than that! The bulbs drink up the water so I periodically check and add more when needed.

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!This growth happened at day 3…

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!This is what the flower bud looks like just before blooming…

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!I was feeling creative and fancy when I put this container together. I found a large clear glass vase and added river rock and vines from my yard. I placed three bulbs inside, BUT here is my tip. I added the bulbs on three separate days. That way they are not all blooming at the same time. I prefer the staggered effect.

As the blooms fade out I add new bulbs. This way I have flowers Thanksgiving through New Years.

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!Again, I check the water level periodically. The water should just reach the bottom of the bulb. You don’t want to immerse the bulb in water as it will more than likely rot and not grow. I know – TMI – but I want you to have blooming success.

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!Here is the reward for you efforts. These flowers are just so sweet and gentle looking.

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!

 

Growing Paperwhites in time for the holidays. These pretty delicate flowers are so easy to grow. You can get creative with your growing containers too!

Do you grow Paperwhites for the holidays? For me personally, this carries on a tradition that my mother used to do every year in our home when I was growing up and throughout her life. I miss her terribly, especially at this time of year and yet I am grateful that she taught me so much about home, hearth, family and traditions. When I gaze upon my blooming Paperwhites I think of mom with a smile and I know she is proud that I carry on the tradition.

Until Monday…

XO~Vicki

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    This is so neat! Your mom is a rock star, I never knew it was this easy. Paper whites seem so fancy so I’m totally excited I can grow them now. She’d be really proud of you. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

  2. Ida says

    I’ve never grown a flower from a bulb but I’ll certainly be trying this for Christmas. If I start now will I have blooms at the beginning of December?

  3. kim says

    I just started mine. I haven’t done it since I was a teanager, many moons ago. I saw that some people add half water & half hocks when they bloom. Claim they don’t topple over. I don’t know if I will try it or save the Vodka for cocktails. Happy Holidays!

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