Last year, I forced paperwhite bulbs for the first time and I loved watching them grow. It was a lot like the gingerbread houses…it was something I wanted to do for a long time and finally made it happen.
So, I decided to do it again this year. I purchased the bulbs from Terrain, but I also saw them at Home Depot.
There are several methods for forcing the bulbs, but this is the one I used…
ONE – Fill the bottom a shallow bowl with small rocks.
TWO – Nestle bulbs into the rocks and fill bowl with enough water, so it just touches the bottom of the bulbs. Don’t put too much water in or it could rot the bulbs.
THREE – Tuck moss in around the bulbs and spray the moss with a bit of water.
FOUR – Put it in a sunny spot and watch it grow! Add water and spray as needed. I just stick my finger down in the bowl to check the water level and spray every couple of days, just to keep them moist.
Apparently, if you add vodka to the water, the stems won’t grow as long, so the flowers don’t sag. I didn’t have a problem with sagging last year, so we’ll see how it goes without.
Not having vodka on hand, I’ll have to take my chances.
This year, I also tried planting individual bulbs in ironstone cups and I’ll let you know how the singles do as well.
One more thing, several people have mentioned that paperwhites smell bad, but I didn’t notice any smell at all…not one that was memorable, anyway. So, don’t let that possibility prevent you from forcing these pretty bulbs if you want to give it a try.
They take a few weeks to bloom, so start them as soon as possible!