Check your cupboards to see what cute dish or container you may have on hand. There are several ways to present your paperwhites, from soil to water alone. This versatile member of the daffodil family will make indoor gardening a breeze.
Fill a shallow dish or bowl, three-quarters full, with rinsed gravel or pebbles. Tightly arrange paperwhite bulbs in the dish, root side down, then add more gravel between the bulbs to help anchor them in place.
Add water–just enough to cover the lower portion of the bulb without submersing them–and place in a well lit location. The window sill is not only a great place to set your arrangement, it’s also pretty as a picture to see everyday, even when not in bloom. Keep an eye on the water, though. You don’t want your paperwhites to dry out. They need to stay fully hydrated to thrive.
POT ‘EM UP
Pot ’em up in a container with potting soil, leaving the necks exposed. Cover the soil with a favorite mulch, like moss or river rock, and let them grow.
BULB FORCING VASE
One of my favorite ways to grow paperwhites is in a bulb-forcing vase–just drop in and add water.
Paperwhites are one of the easiest bulbs to force because they don’t need a long cold period to bloom. In about 4 – 6 weeks, you’ll be extending spring indoors.