Growing Paperwhite Narcissus for Holiday Gifts and Winter Blooms
|The paperwhite bulb that they gave me.|
Today’s event at Tates Creek Library was how to grow Paperwhite Narcissus.
“Do you want to have spring bulbs blooming inside in December, but you’re worried about having to give them a cold period? Learn the tricks of growing fragrant paperwhite narcissus in water – no chilling required. Ways of preparing them for gifts will also be discussed. Presenter by Susan Daole.”
Tates Creek Branch – Large Conference Room
Thursday, November 12th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
I’ll share the things I took notes of:
Gravel, Pebbles, or Soil
As long as the water touches the base of the bulb, then there is no need to bury the bulb inside of the gravel. They will grow better in cold environments. They will start to grow after two weeks, and by the fourth week they will grow to be at least a feet or so. You can prevent them from flopping over by using a moss wire (or ribbon) to tie them together. You can also use a basket that has a long handle to tie the paperwhite narcissus to them. They can also be kept from growing by pouring diluted rubbing alcohol in the container. They won’t be able to live in a solution that has sugar. Placing the containers in a basket will give it a better view. Then place moss around it to hide the container. Battery-operated candles are also placed in the basket along with pebbles to make it more decorative.
Trim the roots if you want to keep the flower from growing.
If you have a pet, get a hurricane glass so they won’t mess with your flower.
Paperwhites tend to be happy at 50 degree Fahrenheit.