How to Grow/Force Paper White Narcisus
One of the most delightful ways to bring fragrance and elegance to your home over the winter months is to grow Paper White narcissi. These are the most popular type of daffodil to grow indoors and almost guarantee you success each and every time.
This particular variety originates in warmer climes and unlike many other bulbs that are grown indoors it does not require a period of cold. Once they are available to buy you can either plant them straight away or keep them cool and delay planting to stagger the flowering time. You can even plant a handful of bulbs every 2-3 weeks to create a constant supply of the delicate, papery, white blooms. Their exquisite fragrance is so strong that it can perfume a whole room for days on end.
Paper White Narcissi Bulbs can be grown in glass jars without compost for a striking display of flowers. Choose a tall glass vase or jar and fill the base with a layer of decorative pebbles or slate. Position three Paper White Narcissi Bulbs on the top of the stones.
Fill between these bulbs with smaller pebbles or slates. Position a second layer of bulbs between the points of the first, so that the new layer alternates with the first. Fill between these bulbs with small pebbles or slates to hold the bulbs in place.
Carefully add enough water to cover the bottom of the vase, moistening the stones or slate, but make sure it is just below the lower layer of bulbs. Keep the vase in a cool, light place to grow on, topping up the water level when necessary. Your bulbs with start to root into the stones very quickly and should flower in 8-10 weeks.