Not so very long ago I wrote about how I was forcing paperwhite narcissus bulbs in order to have them bloom in time for Christmas. Christmas has come early because they’re starting to bloom now.
These bulbs took just under three weeks to start blooming, so I figure that if I start the process of forcing new bulbs now they’ll bloom right at Christmas.
In my first post about paperwhites, I wrote about how researchers at Cornell University discovered that giving paperwhites a small amount of alcohol stunts their growth, thus avoiding some of the problems of blooming paperwhites being top heavy and falling over. Despite the lesson in alcohol-induced stunting, I decided to keep my first round of paperwhites completely sober. Sure enough, these just-blooming paperwhites are about to topple over. But I figured out a way to potentially avoid this problem in my second round of paperwhites without stunting the bulbs’ growth. I just put my new paperwhite bulbs in the bottom of tall, clear glasses. As the bulbs grow, I figure the sides of the glass will keep them propped up. It’s worth a try at any rate.
Do you have any bulbs growing? Paperwhites, amaryllis, or something else?