The following are some of the questions and answers:
Q1: How do I plant forced paperwhites?
A1) You need to use a shovel or a trowel to dig up your lawn and then you need to cover it with newspaper (or cardboard). Then you have to place several sheets of newspapers around the area where you want your paperwhite plants. You can put them in a plastic bag if you don’t want to waste any paper. After they’re planted, you’ll have to wait until spring before they bloom.
Q2: Do I need to buy new papers every year?
A2) No! Just make sure you get enough newspapers each time so that the plants will survive through winter. If there’s too much snow in the mountains, the trees won’t survive long.
Q3: What kind of paper does the paperwhite grow best on?
A3) The type of paper depends on what kind of tree you want to grow. There are many types of trees that produce different kinds of papers. A few examples include pine, spruce, fir, larch and poplar. The most common ones used for making newspapers are pine, spruce and poplar.
Q4: What can I do to ensure my paperwhite will survive through the winter?
A4) You should keep the roots from drying out completely and keep your paperwhites in a cool dry place. You should not put them in a refrigerator or freezer because this could damage them. A cool basement is perfect for keeping your plant healthy and strong.
Q5: Are there any plants that are similar to the paperwhites?
A5) No. The paperwhite is unique because it blooms in the winter. All of the other plants that bloom during this time are also exotic and expensive or they’re not a plant at all, but rather an aquatic animal like a jellyfish.
The Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus tazetta) is a species of Daffodil. It’s a small spring flowering bulb which is native to the regions of Europe and South West Asia.
It has a long history of cultivation and has long been popular in gardens. Paperwhites are popular for indoor ornamental use. They’re smaller than the Common Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) and have a slight tendency to curve at the mouth of the flower. The Paperwhite gets its name because it has a white “turban” with a yellow center that somewhat resembles old paper. These plants are poisonous if ingested. It’s poisonous even if it’s ingested in small quantities, but in large quantities it can be fatal. The bulb and leaves are considered to be more toxic than the flowers.
You can often find the Paperwhite growing out in the wild in warmer regions of Spain, Portugal, North Africa and Southern Italy, usually in open grassy or chalky areas. In some locations it is considered to be a protected species.
You can easily grow Paperwhites with the proper care. They’re a type of Narcissus plant that are grown specifically for their attractive flowers and they make excellent indoor plants.
They have a history of medicinal use among Galenic physicians in the ancient world. The bulbs were known as “Polonice” and were used as a treatment for stomach ailments.
The Paperwhite is most popular for its decorative flower buds, which are covered by a thin layer of white “paper”. When it flowers, it’s a yellow trumpet-like bloom that emerges from the “paper”.
The Paperwhite is native to the regions of Southwest Asia and Southern Europe. It’s popular for its beauty and fragrance and can be found in many gardens in these regions.
It is an old species that has naturally occurs in the wild and it can often be found growing alongside the Common Daffodil.
Narcissuses have been popular since the time of the ancient Greeks, who admired their beauty and sometimes offered them as gifts to loved ones. The Romans bred them and created new colours by hybridising, which are still popular today.
During this time the plant was known as “narkissos”.
“Paperwhite” is a term that has been used since the Victorian era to refer to a type of Narcissus bulb that has been forced to bloom indoors during the winter. Its name comes from the appearance of its white, paper-thin petals.
In the Victorian era, Paperwhites were a popular gift for family and friends during the Christmas Holidays. It has long been a tradition to give vulnerable or depressed patients these paperwhite bulbs to help lift their spirits.
The Victorian obsession with the Paperwhite Narcissus led to an interest in other flowers that could be forced indoors for decoration. This led to the development of new varieties of other plants like Tulips, Iris and even Orchids.
The Dutch, in particular, became masters of this craft and their homes would often feature expensive and rare specimens of (sometimes) tropical plants, growing under glass in a hothouse.
These days the Paperwhite is still popular with gardeners. It has become a common gift in the winter among gardening enthusiasts.
It’s also popular among apartment dwellers or those who wish to grow flowers but lack a yard — or for people who just want to give a pretty gift.
You can buy the bulbs from specialty gardening shops or online. They are common enough that you can sometimes get them in grocery stores and supermarkets.
The bulbs are relatively cheap and easy to acquire.
In the wild, Paperwhites are still popular in the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and Great Britain, where they grow naturally. English country gardens often contain small patches of these wild Narcissi.
You can spot these patches by the unsightly plastic “hothouse” domes that sit upon the ground. These are used by professional gardeners to force the bulbs to flower out of season for special occasions.
Most Paperwhites have a strong, sweet fragrance. In addition to eating the nutritious petals, you can also crush and steep the dried bulbs to make tea.
When you harvest Paperwhite bulbs, you can replant them to grow again next year. Or, you can wait until next year and just replant the dried up bulb itself.
However, it’s best to take care of them so they will bloom again next year. You’ll have bigger flowers and more of them.
The Paperwhite is a delicate plant that is prone to disease. Maintaining it in the right conditions is the most important thing if you want to keep it alive.
If you’re careful, you can get several years of blooms from each bulb.
However, you need to keep them away from pests and disease and give them the right food and environment. This is the least fun part of owning Paperwhites, but luckily it’s easy if you have the time and patience.
Paperwhite Narcissi need a lot of water to bloom well. Depending on the size of the bulb you buy, you may need to water it every day or every other day.
Check the soil with your finger to see if it’s dry, and water it if it is.
You can use tap water on your Paperwhites. If your tap water is very hard (contains a lot of minerals) or very soft (doesn’t contain many minerals), you may want to use rainwater or filtered water instead.
Sources & references used in this article:
acts by F Bulbs – fyi.extension.wisc.edu
Results of Forcing Hot Water Treated Narcissus Bulbs by CA Weigel – Journal of Economic Entomology, 1928 – academic.oup.com
G88-867 Forcing Spring Flowering Bulbs by K Whiteside – 1999 – Workman Publishing
Bulbous and tuberous plants by D Schwarze – 1988 – digitalcommons.unl.edu
DOWNLOAD HERE by A DeHertogh – Introduction to Floriculture, 1992 – books.google.com