Paperwhites Care & FAQ
1. What is the best environment for the Paperwhites?
Unlike other narcissus varieties, paperwhites can’t tolerate cold weather and don’t require a period of dormancy before blooming. They are often grown as indoor winter plants, but you can also plant them outdoors in mild U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 11. Properly caring for the potted plants after they bloom improves their chances of surviving in the garden.
2. How do I prune Paperwhites?
The paperwhite foliage remains green even after the last flower has wilted and died because the leaves are still absorbing sunlight and nutrients to replenish the stores in the flower bulb. Prune away the dead flowers but leave the leaves on the plant until they yellow and die back on their own. Provide the plant with plenty of sunlight by placing it near a brightly lit window. It typically takes about six weeks for the foliage to begin dying back naturally, at which time it’s OK to remove it.
3. How often do I water the Paperwhites?
The plant still requires regular watering until the foliage dies back naturally. Check the soil moisture every two or three days and water it when the top 1/2 inch begins to feel dry. Paperwhites require evenly moist soil and won’t tolerate overly dry or soggy conditions. Any water left standing in the drip tray reabsorbs and makes the soil soggy, so empty it after each watering.
4. Should I add fertilizer to the Paperwhites?
An application of a soluble balanced fertilizer formulated for potted flowering pots, applied after flowering completes, helps replenish the nutrients in the bulb. Apply fertilizer at the rate recommended on the label for your pot size.
Transplanting Paperwhites rarely flower again in a pot because the forcing process is too stressful. Transplant the paperwhites outside after all frost danger passes in spring, often after the foliage has died back and the bulbs have gone dormant. Plant the bulbs in a sunny, well-drained bed. Sow each bulb with the pointed top 2 inches beneath the soil surface and space the bulbs 6 to 8 inches apart. The bulbs require no care during summer and winter dormancy, but will require regular watering once they send up new growth the following spring.
2. Garden-grown Paperwhites
Bulbs grown as garden plants require similar after-bloom care as potted plants. Trim off the flowers after they wilt and continue watering the plants. Apply a fertilizer formulated for garden bulbs after bloom to help replenish the nutrients in the soil. Only remove foliage after it dies back naturally. If the bulbs have been in the garden for more than three years and the bed seems crowded, you can dig up the bulbs after the foliage dies, divide and replant them.
General Information about our Bulbs
1. Why do Long Life Flowers® last longer than potted flowers?
At Bloomaker, we select the best varieties and use state of the art growing equipment to provide you flowers that last longer than tulips in soil, or even cut tulips.
2. Where can we buy the Long Life Flowers®?
Check your local grocery store or club store. Please see our Find Us tab for products available in your area.
3. May I buy the Long Life Flowers® directly from you? Do you sell them online?
It's not possible to buy directly from us. Our company is wholesale only.