How to Force Winter Paperwhite Bulbs

Winter can be gloomy and gray. Today, I am going to show you how to force winter paperwhite bulbs.

forcing winter bulbs easy paperwhites

I usually buy a green plant, or two, to give me a bit of a boost in the winter. There is something about having plants around once the holiday season is over that brightens things up a bit. Last year, I had wanted to force paperwhite bulbs, but I never got around to it. I decided that this year was the year and I want to share how to force bulbs with you!

Do you need to have a green thumb?

No, paperwhites are so easy and non-fussy, so if you don’t have a green thumb- no worries! This is a DIY just for you. Forcing winter bulbs only requires a few things:

  1. bulbs of your choice
  2. shallow container or dish
  3. some pea gravel
  4. water
  5. moss, if you wish
forcing winter paperwhite bulbs

How to Force Winter Paperwhite Bulbs

Winter bulbs only require a few quick steps to plant. Then, the only thing left to do is to enjoy watching them grow. Here are the steps to planting winter bulbs:

  1. Put pea gravel in a shallow dish or container
  2. Gently nestle your winter bulbs in the center of the container. Cozying them up to one another helps them to be supported once they begin growing.
  3. Water your bulbs just until the water is touching the roots. If you fill the container too high, the roots will rot, so don’t saturate the bulbs. The roots will reach down towards the water, so fill the container just until you see the water coming to the top of the rocks.
  4. If you decide you want moss, now is the time to tuck it into the container.
  5. Water your bulbs 1-2 times/week.
  6. Once your paperwhites grow tall, tie some ribbon or twine around the stems to help support the weight of the blooms.

Force Winter Paperwhite Bulbs with me!

Supplies you will need

Paperwhite Bulbs

Pea Gravel


Shallow Dish or Container

Other types of Winter Bulbs

Paperwhites aren’t the only winter bulb you can force. If you are looking for a bit more color, you can choose a red amaryllis, narcissus, hyacinths, and even tulips!

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