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Fall 2013

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Paperwhites

All indoor narcissi, also known as paperwhites, may be planted in soil or in pebbles with water at staggered intervals for delicately-scented flowers throughout the winter. All indoor narcissi, also known as paperwhites, may be planted in soil or in pebbles with water at staggered intervals for delicately-scented flowers throughout the winter. It is also great fun for children to plant paperwhites and to watch them grow, so that they can watch the roots grow prior to the development of the stems and lovely flowers.

Pot paperwhites from mid-October through February for fragrant indoor blooms over the winter. Prior to potting, store them at 50 to 60 degrees F in a dark, dry spot. When bulb top growth (or the nose) is about 1 ½” high, plant the paperwhites in soil, or pebbles and water, and place in indirect sunlight until foliage is 4” tall. Then, place them in brighter sunlight and water well for lush trusses of fragrant flowers. If they grow too tall and leggy, cut for fragrant bouquets.

Each bulb produces several, flower-bearing stems. Please make sure to keep them adequately watered throughout the duration of their bloom so that the roots do not run the risk of drying out.

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