Paperwhites in bloom

January 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm 2 comments

I arrived home from a weekend away on Vancouver Island to find my paperwhites in bloom! Many people grow these at Christmas time, which is a lovely thing, but I’m always away for the holidays so I start mine after New Year’s.

I discovered paperwhites (narcissus papyraceus) about five years ago and I’ve been growing them ever since. It’s a comforting winter ritual: visit a garden shop in December, load up a paper bag with bulbs, and spend a quiet hour potting them up once the holiday chaos subsides. A few days near a bright window is all they need to start stretching green and skyward, and star-shaped white blooms open up a couple of weeks later, bringing brightness to dreary winter days and helping to stamp out the January blues.

paperwhites january 2013 2Paperwhites are easy to grow. Follow these directions in this video if you’d like to try (the video also includes info on growing amaryllis, which are beautiful, too).


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  • 1. Joe Owens  |  January 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This is such a beautiful way to combat the mid-winter blues. I potted a bunch of left over daffodli bulbs myself in two pots i intende to use to flank the entrance to my wife’s hair salon, which she operates out of our basement.

  • 2. Karen  |  February 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I love the translucent and lovely paperwhite blossom. Lovely photos.

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