Sunday, January 25, 2009

Forcing paperwhites

Forcing paperwhites are so easy and it is an activity my little one looks forward to. I always on the look out for the bulbs on sale after the holidays.

To start off with, we layer some river rocks into a glass container (the little one's will be able to observe the roots). Then, position the bulbs out over the river rocks, with the new growth sprouting up. Layer some additional rocks up to the top of the bulbs, allowing the growth to stick up. Add water to the base of the bulb. Place in cool, dark area until roots develop. You may need to add some water during this time. Once roots develop, place in a sunny spot. When the bulbs start to flower, move the plant out of direct sunlight, as they will last longer.

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