If you are like me, you’ve had your fill of shopping for a while. But if you happen to be near your local hardware store, check them out and see if they have any amaryllis bulbs or indoor hyacinth sets leftover from Christmas. Last weekend, I came across a terrific deal on paperwhite narcissus bulbs for forcing indoors.
The narcissus kit contained four paperwhite bulbs, a plastic pot, and a growing medium that had been compressed into a disc. I soaked the disc in warm water and within fifteen minutes it mushroomed into a potting medium. I planted the bulbs shoulder to shoulder in a circle within the pot leaving their heads about 1-2 inches above the soil and set the pot in our bay window to receive full sun. Within 3-4 weeks, the paperwhites should stand about a foot tall and be filled with fragrant white blooms. At the end of January we’ll have a splash of spring in the house.
However, a word of caution. Be careful when looking for deals on these indoor bulbs. Look inside the boxes at the bulbs and make sure the bulbs have not already flowered in the box. I saw lots of amaryllis bulbs in that condition. As you can see, my paperwhites had already begun to sprout, but they should grow just fine. They really need sunshine, but we haven’t had much of that in northern Missouri for the last few days.
Forcing bulbs is one way to “think spring” in the middle of winter. Do you have any ideas to brighten winter?
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