Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Pick-Me-Up

It's three weeks later and here are the paperwhites from my last post. They are now in full bloom. Actually, the first blooms appeared about eight days ago. So you can see that if you plant groups of bulbs in succession, say every week, you can have something blooming in your house well into the new year.

By the way, I went to the nursery today and they still had paperwhite bulbs available. Since you're out there doing all of your holiday shopping anyway, make a quick stop by your nursery or big box store and get a little something for yourself.


Louise @ Buddy Garden said...

Miriam- your paperwhites look gorgeous! How do you prevent them to flop over? I actually got myself some paperwhites and Amaryllis from BJ's today. Not sure if the bulbs are good quality but I guess I'll see in a few weeks.

Miriam said...

Hi Louise: I'm glad you like the paperwhites. I have a problem with them flopping over as well. It's because they are seeking light so they'll lean in whatever direction that is. When that happens, I usually just tie the stems together with some raffia. I've also heard that as the stems start to grow, you can add a bit of vodka or gin when you water and that will stunt their growth. I have yet to try--the raffia seems like a cheaper solution!--Miriam

Patrice said...

Wow! I love those stunning paperwhite flowers.