Gardening, Holidays

Planting Up Pretty Paperwhites

Hello friends!! Here is a super quick planting project to brighten your holiday tables and wintertime decor…

I was shopping at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club a week ago or so, and I found these paperwhites for a good price. I have never bought any before but always saw them on friend’s blog sites ~ both real and faux ~ and I thought I’d give them a try!

How to Plant Pretty Paperwhites

  • First, choose a container/pot to hold your bulbs
  • Line your pot with small pebbles or rocks
  • Mix up very fine soil – I used half regular garden soil and half seed starting soil
  • Moisten your soil and mix thoroughly in a separate container (above photo, top right)
  • Scoop in 1″-2″ of the pre-moisened soil over the pebbles
  • Add in paperwhite bulbs, tucking them close together, shoulders touching
  • Add more soil as needed to cover up to their necks

Clean up the edges of your container and find a nice place to display your potted pretties!!!

Water sparingly as needed throughout winter, then, after the flowers die back in spring, plant outside after all danger of frost has passed.

The packages say that these paperwhites will naturalize in the landscape, so I am thinking I will find a nice place to plant them for next season. ๐Ÿ™‚

After Christmas, I will create a nice display here on the library/tea table using these paperwhites. I’ve rarely used this soup tureen for actual soup, but always for decorating, so I am excited to share it here with you!

I am hoping these blooms will stand up straight as they were lying down in their bags for a week or so, and now they look like they are sprouting sideways, ugh!

Do you think they will right themselves?? I appreciate the heads up! (sorry, pun unintended…)

The planting part is easy and it’ll be fun to see how they bloom. Hope you try some in your home, too, this winter!

Happy holiday season to you,

Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

4 thoughts on “Planting Up Pretty Paperwhites”

  1. Barb, we were just talking about paperwhites yesterday evening! My husband said, “What were those little white flowers that stunk up the whole house?” He could not tolerate the smell, I had to take them outside! Do you happen to know if there is an unfragrant variety of them? I like them so much. And they are going to be so beautiful in your Old Country Roses tureen.

    1. I donโ€™t know, Jean. I might have trouble with them then, too. Asthma. ๐Ÿ™„ I have one small set of fake ones that I got at Judithโ€™s house Christmas sale last year (she writes Botanic Bleu). These might live outside, too! Glad you enjoyed the post, though!! ๐ŸŒธ

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