Growing Paperwhites

• 10 January 2008

Just a few more weeks left to take advantage of the paperwhite growing season (bulbs should be started between Oct & Jan supposedly) so take advantage of the post-holiday sales on paperwhite bulbs and stock up on a few. I think it would be a fun idea to buy some inexpensive vases or containers, (maybe at Tai Pan Trading?) fill with river rocks , (IKEA?) and then place about 3 bulbs in each container. If you started them in the next few weeks, you could give them to friends and family for Valentines Day. Don't forget to attach a big red bow!

Click here for a "how-to-grow-paperwhites" tutorial.

Interested in shopping online for bulbs? Click here for a good deal. If anyone has seen them cheaper elsewhere, please share!

Tip: Paperwhites tend to grow very tall and often flop to one side. To avoid this phenomenon root the bulbs in gravel (I think small, polished rocks would suffice) with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 10 parts water. They will (in theory) stop growing at about two-thirds their usual height.

per Martha Stewart's Good Things


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