With the holiday season upon us, what better way to add a touch of natural beauty to your festive decor than with the fragrant blooms of paperwhite bulbs?
These delicate flowers with their dainty white petals and sweet scent can be forced indoors just in time for Christmas!
I remember my grandma filling little cups from around her house with these paperwhite narcissus bulbs and setting them on her window sills. Somehow they were all magically blooming for Christmas and it seemed so special to have real fresh flowers at Christmas time!
Having natural holiday decorations is something that we make a point of in our household. We love freshening up our house with Dried Orange Garland and Holiday Greenery, it opens up our home to the fragrance of winter and allows us to compost our decor after the season is over!
Before you start on your paper-forcing journey, gather the following materials:
Whether it’s our natural or nonnatural holiday decorations, we get the whole family involved. Our kids love getting to help with the decor and we love the memories we make. Check out some of our favorite family holiday crafts and recipes here: 8 Simple Holiday Crafts | Making Christmas Traditions with your Kids
While you can attempt to reuse bulbs, they may not bloom as vigorously in subsequent years. For best results, start with fresh bulbs each season.
Leaning can occur if the plants are reaching for light. Rotate the containers regularly to promote even growth.
Providing support, such as decorative stakes or twine, can help prevent toppling as the plants grow taller. I also like placing a glass hurricane around them so I can see them and know they are supported at the same time.
With these tips, your paperwhite bulbs will be ready to bloom just in time for Christmas, filling your home with the delightful fragrance of the holiday season. Happy forcing!
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