Forcing Bulbs for Beautiful Flowers All Winter
After the holidays, the winter can seem like it will never end. I love to force bulbs, like paperwhites, to get a feeling of the approaching spring.
I love to force paper whites in the winter. They are the easiest plant to grow and care for!
The planting process is so simple. Just find a container you love. Next choose a planting medium. You can use soil mulched with rocks, just rocks, or decorative glass beads and even marbles. Finally, your bulbs. Paperwhites have a great fragrance but you can choose an unscented variety as well if you prefer.
Simply plant the wide bottom in the medium leaving about a third of the bulb above the surface. If you want to plant several bulbs for a larger display, plant the bulbs close together. They actually prefer being packed together.
Keep your pot near a bright window. This will keep the paperwhites from getting droopy. You also want to keep them well watered. About a quarter of the bulb to a half in water.
Allow three to five weeks for them to bloom. The blooms can last several weeks if properly cared for aka watering. If they start to drop you can tie them with string or steak them to keep them upright. You can even transplant them out to your garden after the bloom is spent. I often stagger starting pots of these throughout the winter and early spring. They are a beautiful and inexpensive way to have a touch out spring all winter long!
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