Paperwhites are known as bulbous perennials. You can keep them indoors during winter, and the blooms return between spring and summer.
Paperwhites are considered perennials and indoor plants. These flowers are Mediterranean natives and are usually planted indoors during cold seasons. Their beautiful white flowers add aesthetic to the garden in early spring and delicately warm the house in winter—a picturesque indoor winter bloomer. Paperwhites are low-maintenance plants and, thus, easy to grow. These plants need little water to bloom and are winter-hardy when planted outdoors in zone 8 to 11.
Paperwhite bulbs also sprout quickly if the temperature is warmer. So, bulbs planted in October take six to eight weeks to bloom, while those planted in February only need four weeks.
Cut off some old flowers after blooming to prevent draining the plant's energy and save the plant for the next year. Keep the plant in pots under the sun to let the foliage die. You can easily pull out any leaves that turn yellow. You can also save the bulbs after the blooming season. Dig the bulbs once the foliage dies, wash them well in running water, and let them dry for at least a week before replanting. After replanting the bulbs in a container, add a little bulb fertilizer and leave it for six weeks.
Paperwhites are fragrant flower bulbs. You can plant these beautiful bulbs in fall or winter outdoors in frost-free regions. You can also grow paperwhites indoors in a container with pebbles or a pot with soil mix.
There are several reasons why paperwhites may fall over when they grow: – The plant did not have enough time to develop a strong rooting system. – The paperwhites did not get enough light. – The plants were grown in too-warm temperatures.
You can use a diluted alcohol mixture to water paperwhites until they start to bloom. But it is best to water them with alcohol once they are at least three to four inches tall. An ideal water-alcohol mixture is diluting one part of 40% vodka or gin into seven parts of water.
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