How to Force a Paper-White Narcissus in Water

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When planting a paper-white narcissus in water, make sure that there is no drainage hole or the water will run out. Force paper-whites into water by using rocks with tips from an experienced gardener in this free video on flower bulb gardening. View Video Transcript

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Jessica Smith

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Hi, I'm Jessica Smith, and I work for Bland's Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today, we're talking all about planting bulbs. Right now, we're going to discuss how to plant paper whites in water. Now, this is done with rocks is your normal thing, and you do not want a drainage hole on your, on your pot. Otherwise, your water will run right out. Place your rock, fill your pot with rocks up to where you have a few inches left for the bulb itself. What you'll do with the paper white; point it end up as always with any type of a bulb that has the point to the top, and you'll get it just nestled down into the rocks. You could go a little higher if you wanted to, but you kind of want those rocks to hold up the bulb and put just a few around it. You can also do rocks on the bottom just to help fill up the pot, but what you could do is also like the little marbles, or the little glass beads and that all around it for a nice little accent. Now, we're going to go ahead and give it some water. What you want to do is put it towards the side. Don't hit the water bulb with the water. And just fill it up. Now, you're only going to fill up to where it just barely comes to the top of the rocks, and kinda' watch, because you don't want the water to touch the bulb but it needs to come up close enough to the, to the bulb itself so that it could actually get the water. You can see right down here we just stop the water right there. Now, I actually started forcing these about a week ago. At this point, what you're going to do is you're going to take this this container and put it in a darkened area. Here in about a few weeks or so you're going to actually start to get some growth off of this, and it's going to be yellow right at first. This is the time that you're able to take it out of its cold dormant stage basically. It's not really a cold dormant stage, but you're just putting it in a lower light. At this point, when it begins to have these small little yellow nubs come up out of it then you can go ahead and move it into where you're going to be storing it, and then in a few days with about four to five days that little part will turn green. I started this one about a week ago or so, and you can see; it's already pushing out the roots. Those roots'll work down through the rocks and actually help stabilize the bulb also. In time though it, they do get a little top-heavy when they begin to bloom, so some support around it. You could even tie like a ribbon around that too. A nice little red ribbon around the Christmas holidays is nice.