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Growing Paperwhites – Now’s the Time

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Growing paperwhites is one of the easiest things to do. Paperwhites are flower bulbs that are typically grown indoors during the holiday season. The bulbs produce aromatic, delicate blooms that can last well into January or February. I typically start growing paperwhites the last week of October or the first week of November to ensure that I have blooms in time for Thanksgiving. This year I purchased this bulb growing kit. It comes with everything you need…a growing container, soil disk and four bulbs.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

I used some of the soil to plant a single bulb in this pretty mercury glass votive. After just two days this little bud emerged.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time


Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

This method of growing paperwhites is the most traditional. The glass growing vessel is made specifically for bulb growing.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

Honestly you can grow bulbs in almost any type of container. I like to grow paperwhites in unique and fun containers. I found this adorable cow creamer at the thrift store for .50 cents.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

This gravy boat was another thrifted find. For this container I filled it with pebbles, added the bulbs and water. For a decorative touch I added a bit of moss to the top.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

My most preferred method is growing the bulbs in a deep, clear vase. I lay rocks in the bottom and add a few bulbs. Water is then added to just the bottom of the bulbs. I add new bulbs every couple of days for a week. This way I will always have blooms as the bulbs are growing at different rates.

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

You can see the difference in the bulb growth here…

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the TimeAren’t these the prettiest little flowers?

Growing Paperwhites - Now's the Time

The soil method is new for me as I usually prefer the rock and water method. I can’t wait to see which way I achieve the best results. Do you grow bulbs indoors for the Fall and Winter? I would love to hear your method.


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One Comment

  1. Love this post on paper whites, Vicki! I have them all over my house right now to use with my Christmas décor. They make me happy every time I walk through the door! Hugs, CoCo

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