by Molly Saunders, Digital Bear
This is an activity my brother and I did with our family every winter when I was growing up. This was the first year I grew my very own paperwhites. These are great because they are SO SIMPLE and grow really fast. They’ll breathe new life into your home during the cold time of the year when everything outside is not so vibrant. Most instructions I’ve found online make this process seem too difficult with too many steps and not enough pictures. So here are some easy ones for you and your family to follow.
1. Here is what you’ll need:
Bulbs – paperwhite narcissus (from a big hardware/garden center, or your local hardware store, sometimes these are more fragrant.) There are now different varieties, some that smell a lot and some that hardly smell at all, so if you get them at a smaller hardware store they will probably know (and have on hand) the different varieties.
Rocks (I always get mine from a dollar store – 3-4 bags will work, unless you have a huge container and tons of bulbs)
A container to grow them in – I like the more shallow dishes, but these can be very hard to find and honestly, the one I used I inherited from my pops. A glass vase with a wide bottom works fine too, or any other kind of planter you have that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom of it.)
2. Cover the bottom of the container with rocks, place the bulbs where you want them, root side down, then hold them in place as you place more rocks around them to make sure they are anchored in. (In this picture you can see the little green stems sticking out. They are crooked because that’s how they started growing in the big box where I bought them from the hardware store. They were reaching for the sun!)
3. Pour water in. Only cover the bulbs with water to about 1cm from the top of the brown bulb. Here is a guide for how much water you should put in your container.