Planting bowls of paperwhites can be a wonderful seasonal tradition, either for decorating your home or for giving to friends and family members.
Follow these simple steps for a successful show or for a great gift for anyone whether they have a green thumb or not.
Planting Instructions for Paperwhite Bulbs.
Plant ‘Zivas’ around Thanksgiving for Christmas blooms or use ‘Galilees’ for slightly later boom.
- Put at least 1 inch of sand into a pot with no drain hole. (Note: drain holes can be filled with candle wax.)
- Top the sand with a covering of charcoal chips. (Note: chips not briquettes)
- Fill pot with loose potting soil and place the paperwhite bulbs securely into the soil. (Note: bulbs tend to push out of the pot when they root in. Do not push them back down once rooted as the roots will break and the bulb will die.)
- Cover planted paperwhite bulbs up to their necks with soil and water well.
- Keep the pot moist as the bulbs grow.
- When the stems are about 3 inches high, give the bulbs a cocktail. This will stunt the stem growth and keep the plants shorter and keep them from falling over. Measure out 1 oz. of vodka and mix with 5 oz. of water and water paperwhites with solution. (Note: only use vodka or clear spirits on the bulbs. You, however, can drink whatever you like.)
- As they get taller, decorating with naked branches or evergreens helps stabilize stems and flowers. Pinecones and other accents can be added around the bases of the bulbs for decoration.
Happy Holidays from Gardeners Connect!
A tender perennial bulb from the Mediterranean region, they are part of the Narcissus genus which includes daffodils.
Cool temperatures between 50-65 °F and indirect light prolong the bloom time. They cannot handle temperatures below 34°F.
View tutorial of how to plant paperwhite bulbs by Gardeners Connect's very own Brian Chadwick-Robinson.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - Monday, March 3, 2014
$1129 Single Occupancy
$879 Double Occupancy
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Join Gardeners Connect as we venture back to the Philadelphia Flower Show, the worlds longest running and largest indoor flower show. This years theme is ARTiculture which focuses on arts influence on gardens and gardens influence on art.
The main-entry will feature 20 foot tall frames of plants representing paintings and sculptures throughout the centuries. The show will encompass more than 10 acres of display gardens, plants and garden related vendors.
There will be lots of opportunities to hear various speaker presentations at the show and the schedule of speakers should be available in mid-February.
We will once again be staying at the luxurious Loews Philadelphia Hotel just across the street from the convention center. You can take advantage of the heated lap pool or schedule a massage to relax you from a full day of the show.
Your trip will include non-stop airfare from Kansas City to Philadelphia and back, train tickets from the airport to the convention center, 3 nights stay at the Loews Philadelphia hotel, 3 days access to the Philadelphia Flower Show including the exclusive members only preview from 8-11 on Saturday, March 1. You will also be a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and have access to the members lounge at the show, which is a great place to sit in a comfy chair and take a few minutes to relax before heading back to the show floor.
This is a make your own schedule Garden Getaway. Since everything is within walking distance you can come and go as you please at your own pace. No need to feel hurried or get up early.
We will be leaving at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 on US Airways flight 3450 arriving in Philadelphia at 10:39 a.m. We should be checked into the hotel by noon and you will have the rest of the day to explore the city.