Plant indoors now for fragrant in New Year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites.  Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty.

Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva is the most common paperwhite variety sold for forcing but there are newer varieties with less intense fragrance, larger blooms and sturdier stems. You may have to wait until next year and order early from specialty bulb companies to find the more unique varieties. So, make a note to do so next year.

For now, plant the paperwhite bulbs available to purchase. You can plant them in gravel or a welldrained potting mix. Both methods yield great results.

Select a shallow, watertight container with sterile pea gravel, pebbles or marbles if you want to go soilless. Add just enough water to reach the top of the stones. Place 5 or more bulbs close together on the gravel base. Cover the bottom of the bulbs with more pebbles to hold them in place. Maintain the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs.



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