how to force paperwhitesPaperwhites and other narcissus plants symbolize rebirth and renewal because they’re one of the earliest bulbs to sprout, signaling the arrival of spring. Paperwhites can bloom even earlier because they are remarkably easy to grow or “force” indoors.

How to Force Paperwhites, Step-by-Step

how to force paperwhites

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs starting to sprout in gravel. (Photo: Shutterstock)

1 PLANT THE BULBS in soil or among pebbles four inches deep right side up.

2 THE BULB should be supported by the pebbles but not buried within them. The roots will be the only element of the bulb below the surface.

3 PAPERWHITES are fine crowded together and look better when they blossom en masse.

4 THEY NEED A cool room with strong indirect sunlight.

5 WATER SO THAT only the roots and underside of the bulb get the liquid. Keep the water consistent and do not submerge the bulb, otherwise it will rot.

6 BLOSSOMS WILL appear in about four weeks. You may need to stake the stems to help support the heads, and deadhead flowers that have died for the continued health of the rest of the flowers.

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