How often should I water paperwhites?
Check the bulbs frequently and water thoroughly when the potting mix is dry 1″ below the surface (but not more than once a week until the bulbs begin active growth), or when the water level is more than 1″ below the stones or glass in your vase.
Do paperwhites come back every year?
The leaves supply the energy the plant needs to produce flowers during the next season. In warm climates, paperwhites are less demanding than other narcissus varieties. With this minimal care, they’ll come back from year to year.
What do you do with paperwhite bulbs after they bloom?
Paperwhites will tolerate summer watering, so you can simply leave the bulbs in place in your garden. Or, to be 100 percent sure that the bulbs won’t get too much water, dig the bulbs up after the foliage dies, wash them and let them dry out thoroughly for at least one week out of the sun.
Can Paperwhite bulbs be used again?
Paperwhites can be grown indoors and forced to bloom during the holiday season. With the proper care, you can save and preserve paperwhite bulbs to bloom again. However, they do require time to replenish their energy stores, and may not re-bloom for two or three years.
Can you regrow paperwhites?
When paperwhite bulbs are forced, they cannot be reused or regrown; however, when planted in soil and allowed to grow and bloom on their timing, you can reuse or regrow paperwhites every year. Plan on planting your paperwhites outdoors in October or November in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 11.
Should you deadhead paperwhites?
The leaves supply the energy the plant needs to produce flowers during the next season. In warm climates, paperwhites are less demanding than other narcissus varieties. As soon as the flowers fade, deadhead them, making sure to leave the foliage to die back naturally to feed the bulb for next year.
How do you force paperwhites for Christmas?
Paperwhites don’t require a chill period in order to initiate bloom production like other types of daffodils do. This means they’re easy to “force” into flower simply by exposing the dormant bulbs to water.
How long do paperwhites last?
Place that stem in a vase with water, just as you would any cut flower. Paperwhite flowers have a long vase life, lasting up to two weeks.
How do you take care of indoor paperwhites?
Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Paperwhites will bloom in about two to four weeks. Once the plants begin to bloom, the floral display typically lasts one to two weeks. For longest bloom, keep the soil moist and move the pot out of direct sun.
Do paperwhites need sun?
Paperwhite bulbs can sense the presence of water. For stocky plants, grow the bulbs in a cool room (50-60°F) and make sure they get lots of bright, indirect light. Once you see buds, move the pot into your living area. Keep the bulbs away from hot sun and heat to extend the bloom time.
How do I stop my paperwhites from falling over?
How to Keep Paperwhites from Falling Over
- Support Them With Sticks. The tried-and-true method for keeping paperwhites from falling over is to support them with a stick or with multiple sticks.
- Support Them With Ribbon. Put a bow on it!
- Support Them With a Straight-Sided Vase.
- Stunt Their Growth With Booze.
How do I get my paperwhites to bloom again?
Fertilize the bulbs again using a full-strength application of houseplant fertilizer. Allow the bulbs to develop stems and leaves. Paperwhite bulbs will not usually flower again in their second year. Repeat this process each year until blooming occurs.
Why do paperwhites smell so bad?
“Paperwhites” refers to a type of narcissus, usually of the Tazetta group, native to the Mediterranean. They are hardy only in warm winter climates, but are popular for indoor culture. The distinctive odor, which some find unpleasant, is due to a biochemical called indole.
How do I shorten my paperwhites?
Alcohol – Secret For Shorter Paperwhite Stems
To shorten narcissus stems by 1/3 to 1/2 over their normal size and keep the same size flowers – use alcohol, diluted with water. Allow four weeks between potting up your bulbs and when want bloom.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.