Paperwhites are perennials that need plenty of light and moist conditions to grow well. They thrive in full sun or partial shade, but prefer a humid environment. You can easily propagate them from cuttings by taking cuttings in spring when the weather is warm enough for growing outdoors. Cuttings will usually stay viable for several years if kept under good conditions (but not too wet). If you want to save money, then buy pre-cuttings online at nurseries. When the weather gets cooler, you can store your cuttings in a cool place like a refrigerator or freezer.
When you have finished cutting the paperwhites into smaller pieces, take them out of their plastic bags and put them in a glass jar filled with water. Leave it for two weeks before opening it up and placing the paperwhites inside. Keep the jars in a sunny spot away from direct sunlight and keep them covered with a damp cloth. Paperwhites will start growing immediately once placed inside the water.
After three months, you can harvest the paperwhites.
You can either dry them off completely or put them in a vacuum sealer which will preserve their freshness longer. If you use these methods, make sure to remove all air bubbles so that they don’t lose moisture during storage!
Paperwhites are some of the easiest plants to grow from bulbs, and they make a great holiday decoration because they look so pretty with their white flowers. They also make a nice addition to any flower arrangement. By following the simple steps in this article, you’ll be able to grow healthy paperwhites that will keep their beautiful white color for many years to come!
What to do with Paperwhites after They Bloom
You really can grow paperwhites from pieces of the bulbs every year, but they don’t always come back the same exact color every time. It’s fun to see what will happen each year. Most of the time they are a similar color to the original bulb, but sometimes they are a different shade (even turning pink). Last year I got a green one!
Should Paperwhites Come Back Yearly?
I was considering growing paperwhites this year, but when I went to buy them, they didn’t have any. Instead I bought some “Peruvian Lilies”.
Are these the same thing as paperwhites?
No never put the bulbs in soil or you will lose them as they need the freshness of the water to remain healthy. Also make sure that the water is changed every couple of days as it will get dirty and this will cause them to rot.
I’m a little confused about the planting process with these bulbs. Some say to plant them, others say not to.
Can you enlighten me?
You should never plant paperwhites as they are bulbs and need to be stored correctly over winter to grow again the next year.
I have been storing my paperwhite bulbs for over a year now. I usually leave them in their pots and put them in cold storage (a dark place that is around 13 degrees). This year I thought I would try something different so I took the bulbs out of their pots and placed them on a piece of newspaper (completely dry) in an old ice-cream container that had only a small amount of water in the bottom to cover the bottom of the bulbs. This is in a cold room (5 degrees).
I know they say to never plant the bulbs, but I’m wondering if its okay to plant the bulbs like this or should I place them back into their pots and store them in the cold room?
You can plant them in soil as long as you keep the soil fairly damp. These type of bulbs are very hardy and will survive even if you forget to water them for a few weeks.
You should never allow the soil to become completely dry or they will die. As long as you keep the soil damp, you should be able to plant them in regular garden soil anytime from now until spring and they will come up early the next year (flower and grow)
I live in zone 7B and am wondering if I can leave these in the ground over the winter?
You can leave the bulbs in the garden or flowerbeds over winter. They will start to grow in the early spring and bloom for you. If you have a very cold winter, they may die back to the base, but they will return in the spring. You can also cut off all the foliage (about 1 inch above the ground) in the fall and leave it on the lawn or garden and it will easily decompose there and provide nutrients for the soil.
Can you tell me how old these bulbs are when they die?
Most paperwhite bulbs will produce several offsets (baby bulbs around the base) which can be planted or planted in soil and then the parent bulb will die. But some people report that their bulbs have died after 2 or 3 years even if they have not produced any offsets. I’m not sure why this happens, but it does seem to be a common complaint.
How Often Can They Be Forced?
You can force these bulbs every 6 weeks or so if you keep them (somewhere around 60 degrees) in between forcing sessions. This allows you to have a continual supply of paperwhite bulbs.
Can They Be Planted In The Ground?
They can be planted in the ground, but they may not produce as well. They need to be planted about 4 inches below the surface and because they are planted deeper they don’t get as much sunlight and won’t bloom as large or as many flowers. Still, if you plant them in the garden, just keep them lightly covered in mulch and water them (don’t over water though)and they should do fine.
Where Can I Find These Paperwhite Bulbs?
You can find these bulbs at most garden centers and they should be in the spring plant section. They can also be purchased online.
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Felicia Jones Posted Mar 23, 2014
I am excited to start growing my first paper white bulbs! These are a yearly Christmas gift for my mother in law and she lives for the smell of them. I am so glad I found this website so I can start fresh and not worry about the health of these babies! Thank you so much for making this process so easy!
Tina H. Posted Mar 08, 2014
I ordered this product for the first time last year. They were a big hit with my family and friends! I did however do what another reviewer suggested and used a picnic cooler instead of buying the kit. Worked great at a fraction of the cost!! This year I’m ordering them for everyone! Thanks!
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