Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paperwhite Narcissus

This was my first year to plant Paperwhites , so after I decorated my kitchen counter...

I started to get my supplies together

I gathered my Ironstone Tureens
Removed the lids 

Got my potting soil and 10 bulbs, I got my bulbs from a local shop Thyme in the Garden

I planted the paperwhite bulbs in soil and in one bowl covered with my river glass from the French Board River.  I added water.  Now I learned of a hint to get the paperwhites compact so they won't flop over....

Flowerbulb Research Program at Cornell University
has found a simple and effective way to reduce stem and leaf growth of paperwhites.  The
“secret” is using dilute solutions of alcohol.  Properly used, the result is paperwhites that
are 1/3 to ½ shorter, with equal sized flowers that last as long as normal.  
What to do
and the shoot is green and growing about 1-2” above the top of the bulb.  At this point,
pour off the water and replace it with a solution of 4 to 6% alcohol, made from just about
any “hard” liquor.  You can do the calculations to figure the dilution, but, as an example,
to get a 5% solution from a 40% distilled spirit (e.g., gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila),
you add 1 part of the booze to 7 parts of water.  This is an 8-fold dilution yielding 5%
Then, simply use this solution, instead of water, for further irrigation (watering) of your
bulbs.  It’s as simple as that.  The result will be a plant that is 1/3 shorter. 

So we will see in about 3 weeks if this works!! Di
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  1. I also planted them for the first time!! They are growing...

  2. Love the idea of using your soup tureen -- a beautiful planter!

  3. Well FIRST< that bread/cake box is awesome!!! LOVE THAT!! and I'm so excited to see your paperwhites..oh I can smell them now!! I bet they want to stay short so they can reach down easier to get a sip of the booze mixture!! HAHA!!
    Just playing...but that is some really interesting research and I hope it works for you. I'd have to go buy a bottle of something for the first time in my life to try that!!
    Thanks so much for joining us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!


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