How to Transplant Paperwhites


Paperwhites (narcissus) are an ideal plant for the beginning gardener. They bloom early and offer a fragrant tiny white flower. Growing to a height of 1 foot, paperwhites remain narrow and fit into an indoor space well. In frost-free zones and after flowering, transplanting paperwhites outdoors will bring beauty to your flower beds as well.

Step 1

Choose a location for the paperwhites outdoors. Inspect the location for full sun and well-drained soil. Both are essential to the health of paperwhites.

Step 2

Dig a hole with a hand shovel 5 to 6 inches deep and 2 inches wide. The bulb of the transplanted flower should fit securely into the hole without causing damage to the root system.

Step 3

Remove the paperwhite from its existing container, paying careful attention not to damage the roots. Place the bulb into the hole and firm the soil around the plant's base. Repeat for additional transplants, placing four to five paper whites per square foot.

Step 4

Water well, moistening the soil. Apply a perennial fertilizer according to the label direction when transplanting. Apply the fertilizer again in the fall to encourage spring blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand shovel
  • Fertilizer


  • Easy to Grow Bulbs: Paperwhite Growing Information
  • Backyard Gardener: Narcissus
  • University of California: FALL AND WINTER GARDENING BASICS
Keywords: transplant paperwhites, narcissus, daffodils