A Winter Tradition: Paperwhites

My sweet mom-in-law introduced me to paperwhites a few years ago, and now I am hooked. They are a great way to add some life to your home in the winter months, and they are super easy to grow too. My kind of plant.

These miniature daffodils don’t even need soil to grow. Just grab a clear glass or plastic vessel and settle the bulbs in rocks, marbles, colored glass, or anything nonmetal. I always use a clear vase, as it’s fun to see the roots grow long and hardy. Carefully place each bulb so that half to three-quarters of it shows above the surface of the pot. Fill the pot with water, adding just enough to cover the bottom portion of the bulb, but do not submerse them. Then, place the bulbs in a light-filled room and water regularly. In one month, you will have tall and fragrant flowers in your home.

Growing paperwhites has become a winter tradition in our home. They add an elegant simplicity to any room, a welcomed look after all the holiday decorations have been packed away.


I’ll be sure to snap  a few photos of my paperwhites once they are all grown up and pretty.

Don’t forget, this Friday is TGIDIYFriday and I have a quick and easy DIY up my sleeve for you.

3 thoughts on “A Winter Tradition: Paperwhites

  1. Rachel Said:

    Where do you buy them? Thanks!

    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Rachel! I bought them at Ink & Peat in Portland:). With that said, any garden store should have them, especially during the winter!

  2. carma ferrier Said:

    where did you get the white stones?



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