Friday, February 06, 2009

Fragrant Cure for the Midwinter Blues

Each year after Christmas, I look for clearance Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs. They are available in most megastores like Target or Walmart. I buy a couple of boxes, and then dole them out in bunches of three bulbs as needed. Seriously, these bulbs help the winter bleakness blues dissipate!
With the growing time of nearly 4 weeks from bulb to blossom, it helps me to put my focus back on life renewal rather than the deadness outside with bare trees, no green grass and plants, cold weather and all those clothes needed to warm the body inside and outside the home.
The bulb kit comes with a plastic pot, a disc of dirt and four bulbs. I prefer the vase and rock method for growing. It's so simple! Take a tallish vase, put a layer of small rocks on the bottom, place the bulbs on top of the rocks and fill with enough water to cover three quarters of the bulb. Within just a couple of days, you will see whiskery roots growing from the bottom of the bulbs. And a shoot from the bulb top. Keep the water level consistent. Three days later Just a few days after this and the buds for the flowers are visible! The buds are bumpy with underlying flower clusters and the shoots grow very tall. What a lovely surprise it was to find the buds starting to pop out on my birthday morning! Let's talk about the heavenly scent these babies are putting out! Seriously, the whole first floor smells like a tropical paradise. Wish you could get a whiff right now. Three and a half weeks later and they're still going strong! That's a lot of flower power!(With more winter to come, I'll soon be starting round two of the bulbs...with enough to go to round three when hopefully winter will be on its way out.)

6 comments:

Timi + Andrew said...

Beautiful! What a great idea!

Sarah said...

I need to go get some of those right this minute!

Marta said...

I'm loving these, Deb. I just purchased some small plants for my bedroom this weekend...I like to wake up to reminders of life when it's still looking pretty dead outside. But it's already February and spring will be here before we know it!

Linnea said...

Wow! I didn't know about this method of indoor gardening-but next time I'm out and about, I'll definitely have to pick up some bulbs! It's nice to be reminded that winter doesn't last forever! (Of course, no one would suspect that as I write this from Colorado, it's 60 degrees...but we can keep that a secret!)

oatley said...

and I was just thinking this morning about how I'm looking forward to the rising of the bulbs I planted this past fall (200+ daffodils - about 6 different varieties.) I think I have to consider finding something to force now ... hmmmm. Soon we'll be able to coax the forsythia to open up ... can't wait.

Melissa said...

I've never grown paperwhites, but would you believe that just this morning I was thinking I'd like to give it a go and try? Thanks for the tutorial - and the incentive to go out and pick some up!