Pot Up Some Paperwhite Bulbs Today

Paperwhite bulbs starting to bloom

Today, November 7th, is the best day to pot up paperwhite bulbs if you’d like them in bloom for the winter holidays.  So easy–put potting soil in virtually any container that is at least one-gallon size deep and wider is better, plant the bulbs so they are completely covered with soil, water it in, and put it in the garage.  You want it to be somewhere where it won’t freeze but will be below 50 degrees, and where it is dark–you can cover the container with newspaper, and that works well.  Then wait.  By December, there will be green shoots coming up out of the soil.  When they are about two to three inches tall, you can bring the pot up, water it and place it in front of a bright window–I put mine in the dining room on the south side of the house, and it gets good light here.  They should be blooming near the end of the month, and will bloom into January (and who doesn’t need some fresh blooming flowers in January?)  These are annuals for me, so I usually just compost them when they finish blooming.  I’ve tried planting these outside to get them to rebloom outdoors next year, but they never really do much, even with fertilizer–they kind of give their all the first year and that’s about it, at least that has been my experience with them. 

Give it a try–it’s super easy and worth it!  Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re growing some paperwhites this year, and how you like to use them around the house in the winter season.

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2 Comments

  1. Cheryl B. said,

    November 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

    ooh ooh I want to but I don’t have time. Sewing for coming craft fair. Reconnected with classmate at reunion in September and we are going for it! She already has a successful alteration business. We are doing mainly aprons, but will add more stuff as we go along. I am in fabric heaven when I go into her shop!

    • minervasgardenwriter said,

      November 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      That sounds fantastic! Wish I could sew better, but will have to suffice with my limited skills in that area. You’ll have to post some pictures of the aprons and other items when you are ready!


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