Growing Your Own “Paperwhite” Narcissus – A Gorgeous & Unique Christmas Gift Idea too!

“Paperwhites” are just about the easiest flower to grow, and so very gratifying.  I’m a visual learner.  So, I’m going to teach you how to do this with pictures.  There is very little required when planting Paperwhites.  The bulbs can be saved year after year.  You can plant them in soil, or rocks of all sorts… They are happy just about anywhere.  Really, all you need to do is pot them and water them.  However, I do give my Paperwhites vodka after they are a week along in their growing process.  Unlike us, the vodka doesn’t produce tipsy plants.  What it really does is keeps them from growing long and flimsy.  But rather, they keep a more firm and stout (they’re still quite tall) appearance, and it creates a much more attractive plant.  The vodka also keeps mold at bay.  This is beneficial for the plant, and looks much better  when planting in a glass where you are able to see the roots.  So, that’s always a bonus.  Hideous moldy plants… ehhh… not so much.  What you’re going to do is add 1 part Vodka to 7 parts water (after the first week) when you water your babies.  Only measure out as much as you plan to use for that watering.  If you don’t have Vodka, rubbing alcohol works too.  It’s just really strong, and your plants will smell.

Okay, let’s get started~

In this demonstration, I am planting my bulbs in an over 100 year old Ball Mason Jar.

I’m using black rocks.

I will put the bulbs in with the root base faced down towards the rocks.

I will pack them in tightly.

When I fill the jar with water, I will only fill it up to the root line of the bulbs.  You don’t want fill it any higher, or you will ruin your bulbs.  They will drown.  Sad.  No drowning bulbs during Christmas time… or ever.

I’ve also posted some photos to show you some bulbs that are less than one week along.  They are planted in a pot with soil and topped with moss.

When “forcing” Paperwhite bulbs, you will likely have blooms anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks from the day you planted them.  How crazy cool is that?!?  Once grown, you can stick a few whimsical branches  to add dimension, and then tie a ribbon around the plant and make a beautiful bow on the front.  There’s a lot of fun to be had!

These make WONDERFUL Christmas gifts!  They’re unique, and you would not believe the amazing fragrance they produce.  It’s heavenly.  The fun about them is that you can plant them in almost any vessel and they’ll look cool.  The more creative you get, the better.  Some people plant them in bigger shallow flats, a new batch every few days… They keep them going all winter long.  They rotate them into a large bowl and top it with rocks as the others start to die off.  So many ideas.

Okay… Here we go ~

Getting started.

Getting started.

Got everything we need!

Got everything we need!

Let's Go!

Let’s Go!

100+ year old Ball Mason Jar

100+ year old Ball Mason Jar





Rocks "in" Jar

Rocks “in” Jar

Paperwhite Bulb

Paperwhite Bulb

Place Bulb Root Down Into Rocks

Place bulb root down into rocks.

All bulbs firmly planted and ready to go!

All bulbs firmly planted and ready to go!

Add water up to the base of root.

Add water up to the base of root… and we’re DONE!!!

Now, here is a potted version.  These Paperwhites are potted in soil and topped with a little bit of moss.  They are less than one week along!  Can you believe that?  I can’t wait for them to bloom!  See, you have so many design options.  Like I said earlier, you’re really limitless with the creative ways or things you can plant these in.  They make AMAZING CHRISTMAS GIFTS!  If taken care of, the bulbs will last forever, and you’ll give the gift that returns year after year.  Check out the next two photos. ~

See how quickly they grow?

See how quickly they grow?

Happy December 1st!!! Merry Christmas Month!!!

Happy December 1st!!!
Merry Christmas Month!!!

Christmas is all about reflecting on our Christ… our Savior, Jesus Christ.  December 1st, is the first Sunday of Advent in 2013.  As I sit in my chair and reflect on Jesus’ first coming to the world to offer Himself as Salvation to all mankind, I am also reminded of His Second Coming that He tells us of…

He says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.  I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”  ~ Revelation 22:12-13,16

He tells us that He is coming quickly.  I love these Paperwhites.  They are planted and how quickly the grow and bloom.  They are a reminder to me at Christmas time of God’s promise… HE IS COMING QUICKLY!  Do you know Him today?  Is He your Savior?  Is He the King reigning on the throne of your heart?  How quickly life comes and goes.  We also know that the LORD is not slack in keeping His promises.  He came in the greatest LOVE ever known, for HE IS LOVE.  Outside of Christ there is no love like this.  He is the Prince of Peace.  Who is like our God?  He came as a babe to be born here on earth, and grew as a man living with all of the same struggles, trials and pain that we bear, yet without sin.  He didn’t do it to see what it felt like, for He would feel far worse when on the cross He took upon Himself the punishment of ALL MANKIND, that we may all have the opportunity for redemption.  THAT IS PAIN we cannot fathom.  I believe that pain is worse than all of HELL will ever experience.  It is the unleashed wrath of a perfect God that must exact the law on the guilty.  Jesus wasn’t guilty, but He made Himself sin for us so that we would not have to suffer the eternal consequences of ours before a perfect God.  What Satan meant for evil, the Lord intended for good.  God always had a plan to redeem mankind in a way that could make us (mankind) righteous “through” Himself.  But understand this… Jesus Christ said something very important …  HE is RETURNING!

There were many scriptures that foretold of Christ’s coming to the Jews thousands of years before He arrived.  Sadly, many did not recognize Him – even with the multitudes of prophecies they had been given over the millenniums.  This true of the Gentile (any man that is not a Jew) as well.  They have heard and seen, been given more information than most, but have not heeded what they’ve heard.  This is indeed their own choice.  No man is forced to make any choice.  God has given man a free will.  He’s given man intelligence.  He’s given man a multitude of information.  He’s offered man His wisdom.  He’s offered man His love.  He’s offered man His way.  Man can certainly choose.  In the end… Man will chose his fate.  But there will indeed be an end, and our Gracious Lord Jesus has gone above and beyond the extra measure to insure we are aware of our fate.  What we choose seals it.  He chooses us, but always allows us to chose Him or not.

Christ IS Christmas.  Is the Spirit of Christmas in you?  The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin words, adventus ( an arrival) and  advenire (to come to) , and refers to Christ’s coming into this world “Coming.”  This is the 1st Sunday of Advent 2013.  We are reflecting on the prophecies that were foretold in the Old Testament in the books of Isaiah, Psalms, Micah, and Zechariah… and then seeing them fulfilled thousands of years later in the New Testament.

It’s exciting, and a lot to take in, if you take the time to read it.  It’s pretty impossible to discredit if you read it.  It’s kind of like saying “Time” doesn’t exist.  Well, the truth is, in a sense it does and doesn’t… as in… it will run out.  Jesus is “Coming back.”  Just like He arrived the way it was foretold He would the first time… He’s foretold of it for thousands of years before AGAIN… He is coming again.  When HE returns, you will want to be known by Him and be His friend.  He’s reached out to you.  Have you reached back?  The wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.  What a waste it would be for Jesus to have paid the wages of your sin that He indeed died for, and just like an unopened gift that you chose to leave under the tree… You left your salvation to be laid waste, and chose to pay your own wages.  What a waste for both you and Jesus.  But either way, He’s coming back.

Just like those Paperwhites will bloom before you know it…

Merry December 1st.

Much Love,

© COPYRIGHT Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie (reyajoy)

2012 – 2013


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