Growing Paperwhites Indoors for the Holidays

November 27, 2016

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is growing bulbs indoors. I do this for both Christmas and Easter. There is something about growing flowers indoors during the chilly winter months.  During Christmastime, I especially love growing paperwhites. This is a fail-proof project for even those with a brown thumb. If you have grown paper whites in the past, I can bet that one of your biggest pet peeves and mine too is that when they grow tall they often flop over from gravity. Sure, there are ways to add things to the water to stunt their growth, but why harm the bulb? This year, I wanted to show you a simple and easy way to grow paperwhites without them falling over. I love to give these as gifts. They are simple and stunning and I’m going to show you how to make them!

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First, clean and dry your glass container.


Next add the stones, about 2 inches deep. These will help to anchor the bulbs in place and allow the roots to grab on for stability.

Next add a bit of water. Not too much, as you do not want to drown or rot your bulbs. Just enough to come halfway up the stones.

Place the bulbs into the center of the glass container. Eventually they will grow up nice and tall and stretch taller than the top.

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Add a bit of decorative twine and a pretty label and you are all set to go!

Add water, but not too much, when it gets low.

At the end of the season, remove the growing paperwhites and allow the tops to dry up. Then trim the dried tops off and allow the paperwhites to go dormant until next year.

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