I recently wrote a sponsored post about planting bulbs and in particular paperwhites, and I guess the post worked because I went out and bought some paperwhite bulbs! LOL!
While browsing at the Christmas Tree Shop, I found these planting kits and thought I’d give them a whirl. I admit it. The “guaranteed to bloom or your money back” sucked me in.
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, then you know I’m not the best gardner. But bulbs are fairly fool proof, so I’m remaining hopeful.
Paperwhite bulbs are easy to plant. You simply submerge the bottom of the bulb 1/2-2/3 of the way down in your planting medium and keep them well-watered. This kit came with soil pellets that expand when you add water, but most people grow their bulbs in pebbles. You can expect blooms in 4-6 weeks after planting.
Did you know that you can actually grow your bulbs in almost any non-metal, non rotting item?
Buttons, legos, army men, beads, etc. will all work. Just fill your container with water so that the bottom of the bulbs are wet but the entire bulb isn’t submerged. If the entire bulb is wet, your bulb will rot. Some articles also recommended adding rubbing alcohol to your water solution once the bulbs root in order to stunt the growth of the paperwhites. The stems become very leggy and will most likely need to be staked if you don’t stunt the growth. I’m just hoping I can get a blooming flower from these babies, so I think I’ll wait and mess with the more advanced growing techniques another time!
Choosing a unique container and medium to grow your paperwhites is all part of the creative fun! This picture below from Design Sponge gives some great ideas for various growing containers.
I decided to choose this cute bowl that I typically use for baking as my planting container. I’ve placed the bulbs in my bedroom for now because it is the room that gets the best light, but I’ll move them downstairs once they bloom.
Here are some inspirational pictures to give you an idea of how paperwhites can be used in Christmas decorating:
If you need a quick and easy gift for the neighbors, paperwhites are a good option. I’m trying to lose weight right now, so I will most likely be giving out bulbs rather than cookies this year :). I love this cute packaging idea from Southern Living. That looks like a tall Ikea container to me that they used with the silver beads.
So how about you? Do you have any experience in growing paperwhites? Any other tips to add? Pray that I don’t kill my bulbs, and hopefully I’ll have some pretty flowers to show you in a few weeks!