Paperwhites


 

HERE'S HOW TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR COTTAGE FARMS' PAPERWHITES!

 

Paperwhite Narcissus, a classic indoor bulb plant choice for holiday appeal and ambiance, is easy to grow and equally rewarding. The attractive blooms’ fragrance will be noticed right away when you enter the room in which they are displayed.   Another feature of this offer is that we start with extra large premium bulbs that produce more flower stalks and more flowers than the lesser bulbs sold at discount stores.  Each bulb produces three or more flower stalks that will be covered with blooms.  These charming plants can be decoratively grown in glass containers with small stones, pebbles, or marbles.

Special Note - Any temperature indoors from 65 to 75F is fine, but when in bloom the coolest area of the home is best. The potted plant should be kept in a well-lit location, preferably one with a southern exposure. When flowering, keep out of direct sunlight. Feed lightly once a month indoors with Cottage Farms’ water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.   It is not recommended to plant your bulbs into the landscape or garden.  Paperwhites are not hardy and will freeze out if subjected to freezing temperatures.  Unlike most bulbs Paperwhites do not need cooling to initiate flower buds.

QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

 

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.

 

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - N/A.

 

3. Planting Distance - Space bulbs so they are not touching each other.  Put one bulb in the center of the pot and place the others in a circle around the middle bulb.

 

4. Mature Height/Spread - 20 inches tall.

 

5. Bloom Time - Bulbs will bloom 3 to 4 weeks after planting.

 

6. Planting Instructions - Fill the pot halfway with potting soil. Place one bulb in the center of the container and then place the other bulbs in a circle around the center bulb.  Bulbs should be placed with their nose up and then covered with enough soil to fill the remainder of the pot. Water thoroughly in a sink to catch excess water and displaced soil.  Fill the container back up with soil if needed.  Place the planted container in the decorative pot cover in a sunny or well-lit room.

Or, use an attractive waterproof container at least 4” wide and equally as deep.  Fill container halfway up with stones or marbles.  Position the bulbs with the flat end down close together but not touching. Fill around them with more stones to hold them in place.  Add enough water to sit below the base of the bulbs.  The bulbs will rot if they touch each other or sit in water.  Add more water as needed.  

CONTINUING CARE

 

Water - Your plant will require the soil to be moist but not overly wet.  Use your finger to determine if the soil is too wet or too dry.  Always water your plant in a sink so the excess water drains off and does not become stale in the watertight decorative container.  In most cases you may need to water one to two times per week.  If you check the plant for water and find an accumulation of water in the bottom of the decorative pot, discard the extra water in a sink.

 

Grooming - Clip off dead or unsightly growth to maintain attractive form and shape.  Deadhead or remove flowers when blooms have faded, leaving as much foliage as possible.  Leaves should be allowed to die back naturally before removing.

 

Feeding - Feed lightly once a month indoors with Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.  Do not fertilize after the foliage has browned.

 

Winterizing - None required. Discard bulbs after foliage begins to turn brown.

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.