December 10, 2019

Forcing Paperwhites Indoors

You don't have to wait until spring to enjoy the fragrance and beauty of springtime blooms - just force some bulbs indoors.

Forcing is the process of speeding up a bulb’s development by simulating the conditions of winter and spring - it's a way of fooling Mother Nature and tricking the bulb to bloom before its natural time. Last week, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted separate containers of paperwhites - some in soil and some using gravel we already had at the farm. Paperwhites need about five to six weeks from planting to bloom. I can’t wait to see these beautiful flowers open.

Here are some photos, enjoy.