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Planting Paperwhites for Christmas

By Our Lake Life on Nov 13, 2012

Christmas is SIX Weeks away! This time of year is especially busy but fortunately paperwhites are simple to force indoors for beautiful white blossoms just in time for Christmas. They take approximately six weeks to be forced indoors so to give these beauties time to grow and flower for the holidays you’ll need to plant them now.

Paperwhites at Christmas Mary McDonald Veranda Feature

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I’m in love with this picture featured in Veranda of Mary McDonald’s dining room all decked out for the holidays.

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Luckily planting paperwhites is very simple. You’ll want to find a a pretty container, I painted and gilded mine from cheap terracotta pots. Paperwhite bulbs, usually readily available this time of at your local home improvement store (I bought mine in Home Depot) and potting soil.

You can plant paperwhites in water, rocks or soil but I find the soil method the easiest.

Southern Living has a great article on planting paperwhites. “Start with a small pot. Fill with potting soil mix. Add bulbs. Plant so that a 1/4 inch of the bulb is sticking out of the top of the soil. Water the soil and bulbs well and drain. Place pots in a cool room (around 55 to 60 degrees) for 7 to 10 days to stimulate roots. Then move to a warm spot (around 70 degrees) with bright light to encourage foliage and flowers. As leaves emerge, rotate your pot every few days to keep stalks straight. As buds swell and open, move the pot to a cooler spot out of direct light to extend the life of the flowers. Keep soil slightly moist”.

Watching these bulbs pop their head out of the soli and grow into white fragrant blossoms are a wonderful and surprisingly easy addition to your festive holiday decor. Soon your paperwhites will have matured throughout the holiday season and before you know it the delicate white blooms will have arrived just in time for Christmas

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