Growing Paperwhites for Christmas is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

There is something about their tall stems and pristine pure white blossoms that dress up a room so perfectly. :: #ForcingPaperwhites #PaperwhitesTutorial :: How to plant and grow Paperwhites ~ Tutorial :: #ChristmasDecor


Plus, with everything so bleak and barren outdoors, fresh new life and bright green stems just make me happy.


If you would like to add this lovely touch to your holiday decor, you need to purchase your bulbs now.

I have had Paperwhite bulbs start blooming two weeks after planting them….but some years they have taken three weeks or more to bloom.  Bloom time is not an exact science.  But, hopefully this will help you to plan to plant yours soon.


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Last year I shared a tutorial detailing how to plant and grow Paperwhites here.

The post appeared mid December…a bit late.

So, I’m sharing it again so you’ll be able to get your bulbs purchased and planted in plenty of time.

I am so blessed that the post was also just featured at Infarrantly Creative.  I know you’ll want to check it out.

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  1. Wow, gorgeous! And new to me! I’m very excited about reading this post because I’m always looking for new holiday traditions. Where do I find the bulbs?

    • Diane says

      Rosann…you should be able to find bulbs in packages or loose at most garden centers…even Lowe’s. I purchased mine from the Agway/feed store.
      Have fun with this….we always do!! I’m certain your girls will love it. 😉

  2. I’ve never tried to grow paperwhites, I really should! Thank you for remembering and honoring our veterans today.

    • Diane says

      Oh Madge…you should. But, keep in mind they have a bit of a fragrance that can be strong in certain settings. That being said….I am totally smitten with Paperwhites. 😉

  3. Gwen says

    I grew them in the ground and I don’t think that was the best place. I may have to try this as I have some pots that would work! Oh if only I can remember!!!!
    I’m glad you have the tutorial as I forget. And would be fun to plant several pots and see if plant time varies!!
    How cheerful!

    • Diane says

      I know you would enjoy it Gwen….they really are so pretty for Christmas.
      If you have several pots…I would suggest staggering your planting times…Plant one pot a week for several weeks…that way you’ll have the whole holiday covered. 🙂

  4. Gwen says

    My Dad was a veteran. He was in India and then in China. As a cadet he was trained to fly. He was at the instruments when his plane flew The Hump. (Over The Himalayas). He spent time at the base there then ended up in Shanghai. He said the USA gave him a trip around the world. He said though that he felt it took away his youth. He was in four long years. But he wasn’t bitter. We had a neighbor of Norwegian descent who called it Vetners Day so Dad would call it that with a twinkle in his eye. When he was about 83 the Air Force called and said he had such an exemplary military record, the Air Force really needed men like him to re-enlist. Had he considered??? Well, he told them they’d made HIS day to know his country still wanted him at 83!!! Umm they were a bit mixed up!! But it gave Dad such a kick!! Happy Vetners Day to all who serve and have served. I cannot imagine all you have given up for us.

    • Diane says

      I love this story of your dad, Gwen! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it. Your dad must have been an extraordinary man. I’m pretty sure it’s rubbed off on you, too. 🙂 Praying you have a great day.

  5. I love paperwhites! I’ll have to see if I can find some bulbs to start. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Diane says

      You should still be able to find bulbs about now Shannon. I hope you get a chance to enjoy planting and growing Paperwhites. It really is a nice treat for the holidays. 🙂

  6. Dee says

    Your paperwhites are gorgeous.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Dee! You just made my day!

  7. Sandi says

    Your paperwhites are gorgeous, Diane. I have never grown them myself. Thanks for sharing.

    • Diane says

      Oh Sandi, if you’ve never grown them before you must try them. I can imagine how lovely they would look in one of your sweet vignettes.

  8. Beautiful. I love paperwhites and am growing them too!

    • Diane says

      Yay!! Aren’t they just the best for the winter?
      Thanks for your kind words Rose!

  9. Mel says

    They really are impressive flowers. And the timing of the plant makes them even more impressive in these parts. Everyone should have a touch of fresh blossoms in the thick of winter. It does a soul good methinks. Now if I just didn’t kill indoor plants…. LOL. 😉

    • Diane says

      Haha! The beauty of these…it something one can do for a short period of time. And when the blossoms are spent…they get thrown away. Growing houseplants are not usually my forte either. You’d think if I can take care of a garden I could take care a few potted plants. 😉 Mine are usually limited to the Paperwhites and then the Primrose that appear at the grocery store just after Christmas. I love those. 😉 But…keeping them alive until I can plant them in the spring…well it’s a good thing they are hearty. 😉

  10. Angel says

    Hi Diane
    Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    • Diane says

      Thank you sooo much Angel!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  11. Gorgeous flowers! Thank you for sharing your post at the Cottage Style Party 🙂
    Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla (Guest Host)

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much, Pernilla!!
      How fun that you are guest hosting at the Lavender Garden Cottage. Yay!!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  12. I did paperwhites one time years ago and enjoyed them so much. I think I’ll try again.

    Diane, another blogger and I were chatting back and forth yesterday about how wonderful and encouraging your blog is. Thank you.

    • Diane says

      Oh Stacey I’m so glad this was a reminder to grow Paperwhites again. They just make happy elegance in a room! Plus their aroma is amazing.

      Stacey….You just made my day!!! {{{{hugs}}}}

  13. Diane,
    This is a great reminder, I love to plant bulbs for the different holiday’s and always forget. I am pinning and sharing on google+ and fb.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    • Diane says

      Awwww…that is so nice of you Wanda Ann….thank you!!!!
      Now hurry on out there to get your bulbs before they’re gone. [wink]
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  14. Paperwhites are so pretty. Thank you for sharing how to grow them this time of year at TTF!

    • Diane says

      Paperwhites are so fun!! I hope you get a chance to grow some, Linda. 🙂

  15. heidi says

    The flowers are beautiful, and it would be wonderful to have fresh flowers this time of year.

    • Diane says

      Oh Heidi…I do hope you can find Paperwhite bulbs and plant some too!

  16. I have never grown them, but you have inspired me to try. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two.

    • Diane says

      I do hope your grow them Meegan!!!
      Best wishes for a most Extraordinary week!

  17. I’ve always wanted to grow these! For the first time ever, I have planted tulips and daffodils for Spring. Maybe I’ll try these too. Thanks for the timely reminder 🙂

    • Diane says

      How wonderful to be able to look forward to tulips and daffodils next spring!! Yay!
      Yes…you absolutely need to plant paperwhites. It is sooo fun and they are so elegant and beautiful, too!

  18. Kathy says

    I love Paper Whites – they’re perfect for Christmas decor – wonderful post – I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Diane says

      Kathy…you just made my day!! Thank you soooo much!! I am so excited for this lovely blessing.

  19. Just beautiful. Thanx for joining THT!

  20. Jody says

    Diane, Congrats!! I’ll be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!!


    • Diane says

      Jody…what a great comment to see first thing this morning!! You just made my day! [hugs]

  21. I need to get some paperwhites! I love this look. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • Diane says

      Absolutely you must, Danielle! Get them right now so you can enjoy them in time for Christmas. 🙂

  22. Cindy says

    Paperwhites are so pretty, I love having them bloom in the wintertime!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Cindy! I agree they are so elegant and it seems wonderful to have something so fresh and alive to brighten my home.


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