How to Force Paper-Whites

Forcing Paperwhites with Sensible Gardening and Living

Forcing bulbs for indoor bloom is not difficult and is lots of fun. As the garden year ends outside for many of us, we can now turn our efforts indoors. Hyacinths, tulips and daffodiles are often forced but probably the easiest of all bulbs to force are paper-whites.  You don’t even need soil for this to work, just water! Follow the steps below and you will be enjoying fragrant paper-whites before Christmas.

Paper-White Bulbs / Sensible Gardening and Living
Decorative Pebbles / Sensible Gardening and Living



Choose any container you wish as long as it is at least 2 inches deep. I enjoy using clear glass as this allows you to see and watch the root growth.

Fill your container part way with polished rocks or ornamental pebbles. I also added clear glass balls to get some heigth.

Forcing Bulbs / Sensible Gardening and Living

Set your bulbs on top of the pebbles. Make sure your bulbs have the pointed end up.

Forcing Bulbs / Sensible Gardening and Living

Add more pebbles  to cover the bottom third of the bulbs.

Paper-White Bulbs / Sensible Gardening and Living

Add water, only enough to touch the bottom of the bulbs. If you add more than that you risk your bulbs rotting. You will have to monitor the level of the water on a daily basis and add as needed. You will loose some to evaporation.

Set your container in a sunny spot and enjoy the show.

Paper-Whites / Sensible Gardening and Living

4 thoughts on “How to Force Paper-Whites

  1. Thanks Jacki, hope your house is coming along good. It’s starting to get a bit nippy at night around here:) Take care.

  2. I really love your big snifter container! I can’t wait to see what it looks like once the paperwhites start to grow and bloom – it will stop them from falling over.

Comments are closed.