If you want spectacular (and fragrant) paperwhites in full bloom for your December and New Year celebrations, force them now. Yep, I mean right now. Hey, it’s so easy.

Want this?

Do this – but do it soon!

Few things are as simple as forcing Paperwhite bulbs into beautiful blooms. Anyone can do it. Here’s how:


Container. Any vessel that holds water will work—bowls, cups, urns. I prefer a tall glass vase so that I can see the bulb and roots and the walls of the vase support the tall blooms as they grow. 

Paperwhite bulbs. Pick these up at most nurseries or garden centers. Choose larger, firm bulbs.

Pebbles, stones or small rocks. I chose polished black florist rocks that complement the contemporary glass vase.



1. Place pebbles in the bottom of the vase at a depth of at least 1”

2. Position the bulbs, base down, on the pebbles, clustering them and pushing them down slighting so that the pebbles hold them in place and support them as their roots grow.

3. Pour water into the vase so that only the bases of the bulbs are submerged. Deep water can rot the bulbs.

4. Check water level every other day and add more when the level drops below the bases of the bulbs. 

TIP: Plant container or narcissus intermittently through the winter to provide continual blooming throughout the season. The later they are planted, the faster they grow and bloom.

This post was originally published on utahstyleanddesign.com.