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Paperwhites with Heart

This Valentines’ Day give paperwhites with “heart.” Follow these three easy steps to decorate potted paperwhites with a pussy willow stem heart.

Materials

  • Paperwhites planted in a 6-inch container
  • (2) fresh pussy willow branches (available at florists)
  • Wired green floral stick (available at florists or craft stores)
  • Red ribbon
  • Decorative container

Directions

    1. Insert the wide ends of the pussy willow branches into the soil at an angle so they make a V.

Paperwhites for Valentines

  1. Draw together the upper ends and tie with the wired floral stick.
  2. Pull the floral stick all the way down to the pot and push it into the soil. Insert it at an angle to make it secure.
  3. For a pop of color wrap the willow stems in red ribbon.
  4. That’s all there is to it!

Paperwhites for the Holidays

One of the most enjoyable flowers for blooming indoors during the fall and winter is the paperwhite narcissus.
It’s actually a form of daffodil, so to speak, and it’s a bulb that will produce a living bouquet for your home.
It’s so easy to grow because everything is packaged inside the bulb. All you have to do is add water and nature will do all the work.

You can grow paperwhites in anything – plain water, gravel, potting soil or sand.
When you plant the bulbs make sure the little pointed part is sticking up and you bring the planting medium you use up to the neck of the bulb.
In just a few days roots will sprout and in about 4 or 5 weeks blooms will emerge.

If you pot some up around Thanksgiving you can use them in your holiday decorations.

Good to Know: Speeding up Bloom Time

If the blooms are opening as quickly as you would like place the potted bulbs in a warm room with bright, indirect light to accelerate growth. Be sure to turn the pot every few days to keep the plants from leaning.