Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG
Cure the Winter Gardening Blues with Paperwhites
While we wait for the return of gardening weather, garden indoors with paperwhites. Fill your home with fragrance with easy to force, quick to bloom, Paperwhite narcissus.
Here is how -
Choose paperwhite narcissus bulbs from a garden center or order online. There are different varieties, Ziva is what is often sold. Now there are even yellow varieties if you look hard.
Cornell University found that letting the paperwhites grow in a 5% alcohol solution will stunt the growth of the leaves and not harm the blooms. To make this solution check your alcohol (vodka, gin, even rubbing alcohol) look at the “proof", and divide that number in half, that is your alcohol content.
Use this chart to make your watering solution:
Alcohol Content (%) Parts Water – Parts Alcohol :
10% 1 1
15% 2 1
20% 3 1
25% 4 1
30% 5 1
35% 6 1
40% 7 1
Submitted by Jo Strickland
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