The paperwhite bulb or Paperwhite narcissus is a member of the daffodil family that can be forced indoors without a chilling period. The bulbs develop long green stalks that bear highly fragrant white flowers; new varieties feature white flowers with a yellow center. Plant paperwhite bulbs from December to March to enjoy a burst of flowers in the middle of winter. Once planted, the bulbs take four to eight weeks to flower.
Pour 1 to 2 inches of gravel or crushed rock into a container that's free of drainage holes and at least 3 to 4 inches deep.
Lay your paperwhite bulbs directly onto the gravel, placing the pointy end up. Colorado State University advises leaving very little space between the bulbs; they can be nearly touching.
Scatter additional gravel around the bulbs to hold them in place. Cover up to half of the bulb with gravel.
Fill the container with water so the water level rests at the base of the bulbs, with the bulb roots hanging down into the water. If the bulbs themselves are sitting in water they may rot.