Forcing Paperwhites

Nance was at Churchill’s recently and saw a beautiful indoor display of paperwhites planted in a birdbath. How beautiful that would be in the house for the winter. Churchill’s provided a leaflet with instructions on how to force paperwhites at home. Here is what you do:

  • Choose a container at least 4 inches deep.
  • Fill container with rocks 2 inches deep.
  • Place bulbs in odd numbers on rocks and backfill with more rocks. Leave a little space between bulbs.
  • Fill with rocks so tops of bulbs are just exposed.
  • Add water to below the base of the bulbs, but no higher. (If bulb bases sit in water, they will rot.)
  • Place in a bright sunny location.
  • Check bulbs frequently to make sure the water level is at the base of the bulbs and rocks in the container.


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