Better late than never…

new-posts-012Well after chatting with several of you the other day when I bought my bargain garden art at Big Lot’s,  I had to go back and get those Paperwhite forcing kits.   I picked up one for myself and one for Grandma.  According to several of you they are extremely easy to grow so I have nothing but a few bucks to lose if it doesn’t work out. The directions were pretty straight forward and everything you need is included in the kit.  For those of you who are new to the bulb forcing arena or have never attempted it at all like me here are the steps involved:


First you insert the enclosed compressed peatmoss pellot into the pot and  fill the container with 2 cups of warm water.  It should take at least 15 minutes for the pellet to absorb the water and expand.


Once the soil has absorbed all the water you will mix it with your hand creating a level surface.  Then insert the bulbs on top of the soil medium with the rooted side facing down.  Water the soil to a depth of about 1/2″.   Make sure the soil is always moist from here on out. 


Put the container(s) in a sunny window with direct sunlight until they start to bloom.  Once blooming you will move them to a location that is out of direct light. According to the package I should have blooms within 6 weeks of planting.    These have already sprouted so I’m hoping for an expedited bloom time.  Wish me well with my new endeavor. 🙂


9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by greenwalks on January 10, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Good luck! Should be fun, and they might even smell good too. I never seem to have a wide enough, sunny enough windowsill for this. I envy you! Can’t wait to see what happens.

    Thanks Karen. I can’t wait for them to bloom. Supposibly they smell very nice so that’s a big plus too! Their in my grandma’s window since the addition has those nice deep windowsills unlike the original part of the house. 🙂


  2. It will be fun for you!

    Thanks Tina! 😉


  3. Hi Racquel,
    My paperwhites always got so leggy and flopped over. I went to a Garden Club meeting and my friend’s were much shorter and stood up without having to be propped up. She told us her secret… a shot of vodka in the water. Now I have read about this on the internet. Have you heard of this?

    I heard that from other bloggers too about them being a bit leggy. I heard the use of alcohol mixed in with the water to help stunt the growth. Very interesting!


  4. I’m envious. I haven’t bought any bulbs this year. I’ve been reading about them on people’s blogs so much that I started dreaming about starting bulbs. The last dream was about an amaryllis. I’m sure tonight’s dream will be about paperwhites.

    That’s why I went & picked these up yesterday Daphne. After seeing all the bulbs other bloggers have been displaying on their posts I just have to give it a try myself. 🙂 Sweet dreams tonite.


  5. Its fun to watch those sprouts grow. My paperwhites had a a little tip showing when I planted them, and it took 15 days for the first petals to show. By the 18th day, there were lovely clusters of flowers. Mine have, so far, abstained from alcohol.

    It was great seeing your beautiful blooms today too. Now I’m really excited to see what happens with mine. I noticed you planted your bulbs into the soil, the directions on mine said to put the bulb on top of the soil.


  6. Hi Racquel,
    I have mine blooming on the windowsill. I still haven’t posted them:( But there were 4 bulbs in my kit, and it’s been less than 2 wks since I got them and they are blooming very well. I don’t like the scent, though…and neither do my family:( It’s not real sweet…kind of strong and not real pleasant…but, they remind me of spring. I’m sure yours will look terrific real soon.
    Good job going back to get them at that great price!

    Hi Jan. You are the second person to mention how quickly their Paperwhites bloomed. Thanks for the info, now I’m really excited to see how quickly mine start producing buds. I’m so glad I got them now. It will be nice to have some early spring blooms. 🙂


  7. Racquel,

    I’m sure you will enjoy them- some don’t like the scent and a friend of mine puts hers close to a doorway that is opened and closed often to move the scent around the room a little better. As Balisha wrote, I too have heard of the alcohol trick, but have yet to try it. Make sure you give us an update if you do. I’ve heard that you can use anything but beer or wine, including rubbing alcohol, but well diluted- sorry I can remember the ratios. Good luck and keep us updated!

    Happy Gardening

    Thanks Tessa. We have ours in a bedroom window so maybe if the scent is too strong we could crack the window a bit. I might have to try the alcohol trick. I’ll google it to see if anyone has an idea on the ratio thing. Thanks for the info!


  8. I’m so glad you went back and bought some bulbs Racquel! I feel sure you’ll enjoy the process! It won’t be long before you’re posting some pictures of the blooms. I hope you like the scent ~ it’s the only thing about the paperwhites that I don’t care for. Were there any amaryllis left? I was hoping you’d get one of those!!! 😉 hint hint.

    Thanks Kathleen. I can’t wait to see them start blooming. Nope I didn’t get an Amaryllis. 😦 I almost got one of each but decided on two paperwhite kits in the end.


  9. Glad to see you got some. You’ll love watching them grown and bloom!

    Thanks Linda, I’m glad I went back & got some too. 🙂


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