How To Grow Paperwhites

Paperwhites require little more than water to produce beautiful and fragrant white blooms. With other bulbs having to be “forced” to bloom indoors, growing paperwhites is a breeze! Paperwhites do not require a chilling period, so keep the bulbs at room temperature until you plant them.

Growing Paperwhites Indoors

The beauty of paperwhites is they are so easy to grow, requiring little setup and minimal maintenance. Simply follow the instructions below for a beautiful and fool-proof decoration for your enjoyment throughout the holiday season!

Find A Container

Paperwhites are really fun to get creative with! The first step is finding your container. This container could be a shallow dish like the one pictured below, it could be a tall and cylindrical vase, or it could be a clear glass bowl of any size. Create a simple, minimalistic centerpiece with some neutral stones in the bottom of a simple vase, or put together a large and showy bowl with as many bulbs as can fit!


Add A Layer of Rocks

Whatever your style, simply fill your container of choice with at least 2-4 inches of small stones, pebbles, or glass marbles. Place your paperwhites on top of your stones, roots down, and nestle them into the stones a bit. If your container allows for it, you can always add additional stones around the bulbs once you have them in place to help reinforce their position when they start to grow. If they aren't secured in their space, they can easily topple over under the weight of their leaves and flowers once they begin to grow.

Add Water

The last step is to add water! Fill the bottom of your container until the water just barely touches the base of the bulbs. It is important to not bury your bulbs and to not let them become submerged even partially in the water. Bulbs do not like too much moisture, and allowing them to sit in water that is too deep will cause them to rot. Leave the tops of the bulbs exposed, with only the base of the bulbs where the roots grow touching the water.

Pro Watering Tip

Bulbs such as paperwhites and amaryllis tend to grow tall and lanky to the point that their stems cannot even support the weight of their blooms. And while you can try to support the flowers with props and stakes, this can often take away from the visual appeal. Instead, water your paperwhites with a water-alcohol solution! This will stunt the growth of the flower stalk, keeping it shorter and stronger, thereby enabling it to support the weight of the flowers without the aid of any unsightly stakes. It is bes