Are you yearning for spring? Why not try forcing bulbs indoors to perk up you home. Forcing bulbs simply manipulates a plant’s cycle to allow bulb blooming any time of year that you’d like. Narcissus flowers, better known as Paperwhites, are one of our personal favorites. Paperwhites have a beautiful fragrance and sweet white flowers. They are also one of the easiest flower bulbs for homeowners to force, as they need only a shallow container of water and use pebbles for support instead of soil. They also require no “cooling period.”
Below are some simple steps to forcing Paperwhites.
Step 1: Choose Your Container
After you’ve purchased your Paperwhite bulbs, the fun really begins! This is where you’ll get to choose what type on container you’d like. Have fun with this and choose something that you think will spruce up that plain window crook or maybe that empty kitchen island. We think our hydrangea bowl would be perfect. However, almost any container can be used, just try to keep it 3 to 4 inches deep.
Step 2: Prepare Container and Water
Place 1 to 2 inches of washed gravel or stones in the bottom of the container then carefully, place the bulbs on the gravel or stones; bulbs don’t need to be spaced as far apart as they would if you were gardening outdoors. Next, place enough gravel or stones over or around the bulbs to hold them in place. Add just enough water to bring it to the bulbs’ roots and subsequently maintain it at this level. Do not immerse the bulbs in water.
Step 3: Watch Your Paperwhites Bloom!
For the brightest bouquet, keep Paperwhites in a cool area until they bloom. When the plants begin to flower, move them to the warmest, sunniest area of your home in order to prolong the flowering of the plants. Continue to keep plants moist daily but be sure not to over-water them.
Enjoy a bit of spring!