Friday, November 21, 2014


I have always had the desire to grow Paperwhites.
I love their high fragrance and I love their dainty 
white flowers on stems of glorious green.

 photo via Better Homes and Gardens BHG link for growing tips
I picked up my first batch of bulbs at
Home Depot, I believe, and started them with 
rocks I picked up out of the road.
{Hey, I used what I had on hand!}

I then bought a couple more bags from Walmart and
started those for gifts. Yes, I bought a bag of stones for these.

I started them in whatever I could find.
From my large hurricane
to mason and jelly jars
to a red transferware bowl.
I then set them in the best lit location which is 
the laundry room window. It's a South facing window so 
it gets fabulous light all day.
I read that once the flowers bloom, if you keep them 
out of direct sun, they will last longer.
Well, till then, they will reside in that sunny window
with my Lavender. 

They're growing!

I found my first little bumpy stem this morning
so I know it won't be too long before we see
and smell some action. 

This year is somewhat of an experiment
and so far, so good.

I have plans for doing a show next year around this time
so if all goes well, I'll have some started to sell.
I'll come up with some pretty, rustic and unique
wrapping for them in the meantime.
I think I'll practice that on my gift giving
this year and see who likes what.

Have you ever grown paperwhites for gifts?

I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. Amber, is it too late to start them now? They are beautiful and I love your blog!

    1. I don't think it's too late but for Christmas bloom, I think we're cutting it close. I say it is worth the try! New Year paperwhites would be just as wonderful! xo

  2. I still need to go get some bulbs and start them. They are so pretty.

    1. Oh, I hope you do, Kim! I know you would come up with an amazing way to display them!

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    1. Dear Sharon, if we were still within driving distance, you would have been a recipient of a set! I don't think they'll do too good in the mail. Miss you!

  4. So pretty. It's been years since I've grown Paperwhites. You post makes me want to grow some again :)

    1. You should, Pat! It's been exciting to see them grow. Although I didn't think about it at the time, it has been a great visual lesson for my kids, as well. They are intrigued by the roots!

  5. Amber, Thanks for coming by my blog! Glad you liked thecabinet...I am not completely finished but will post more pictures when I am. I love paperwhites! I have grown them for myself but never for gift giving. What an amazing idea! I Love giving gifts that bring smiles and joy for awhile, and are visible. FUN FUN FUN!!!

  6. Amba...whenever I say your name in my head, it comes out like Boston Rob from Survivor! LOL
    I love the look of paperwhites but not the smell. They are so beautiful and I love watching their progress until they bloom. Outside on the porch. ;)

  7. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado.
    Te animo a hacer una ojeada en el post de esta semana y seguro que veras algunas ideas realmente interesantes.Deseo que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.


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