However, Cornell University did a study that adding a 5% alcohol solution to the water will keep the plants one-third shorter. I included at the party today how I plant paperwhites for use indoors in our home over the holidays. Sweetness! I love to keep a paperwhite pot by my desk and watch it grow a little bit every day. Add a tag with instructions…. Yvonne, I love the paperwhites in the mason jars; I planted some for the holidays in shells but love this compact little gift idea…. Thank you so much! This is a great idea. Good minds think a like. To plant the paperwhites, fill each jar with small rocks or pebbles, saving room about 1-2 inches from the top. I have avoided paperwhites the last few years but this suggestion has got me ready for them again. I’ve not had that happen. Subscribe  by e-mail to receive daily inspiration. What beautiful gifts these would make! Love them in the jelly jars with ribbon! You learn something new everyday!) Such a cute idea, putting them into jars. xo, olive. Thanks for the tips! Purchase a fine gravel from your local pet store. Move to a cool, sunny place when shoots begin to sprout. They smell so good. Love the accent with the ribbon and pine branch! Paperwhites will bloom in about 6 weeks… just in time to enjoy for the Christmas season! Thanks for sharing…I’m pinning this, Gail, Great idea! .Gosh, maybe I’ll have to get some this year after all. The cold has slowed me down. Plan for three to five bulbs for a 6-inch diameter vase. But if it does, just dump it out and add fresh water. Yvonne~ What wonderful little hostess or teacher gifts! Yvonne, this is so pretty. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions commented. What a lovely way to give paperwhites as gifts. Paperwhites are so fragrant, and they are so easy to grow. Set a few bulbs onto the pebbles with the tips up and roots down. screw on lids for ball jars. Place the bulbs in a jar, a flat dish, or a planter. Yvonne, I just finished making the jars with the Paperwhite bulbs. Paperwhites January 1, 1970. Thanks for sharing! Place the paperwhite bulb on top of the stones with the tip up. XOXO Have a WONDERFUL weekend:):). Pour water into the container until the water covers the rocks. Just a wonderful idea, these would make great neighbor gifts. I am always looking for something new to plant them in and I think I will try the mason jars. They’re cute and portable! Oh Yvonne this is a stunning Christmas idea! Even I can grow paperwhites! I have been meaning to get some paperwhites together for me. I might rinse them before I use them.Hope this helps! 2. Paperwhites are fragrant, winter-blooming flower bulbs. Paperwhites remind me of Christmas. Have you started thinking about "neighbor gifts"? Yea!!!! The bulbs should be … To "plant" your bulbs, begin by carefully placing a layer of stones or pebbles to a depth of about 2" in a small vase or about 4" in a larger vase. Yvonne I love this gift idea! *. I didn’t know it was so easy! They just need the stones to support their roots and to help hold them upright. When the bulbs arrive, open the bags immediately to allow air to reach the bulbs. 3. I’m an empty nester living with my wonderful husband Bobby at StoneGable. They look so pretty in the jars. I must give paperwhites another try – the last time they smelled so strong I had to throw them out but I do love how they look and your ideas for how to place them. I planted my paperwhites on my back porch potting bench. The main thing to keep in mind when growing amaryllis in water is not to let the bulb itself come in contact with the water, as this will promote rot. Put a few stones or pebbles around and between the bulbs to anchor them in the vase. Thanks Yvonne for another inspiring tip!xo, Andrea. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to be making some of these! Subscribe to receive updates in your inbox. Nothing says Christmas like paperwhites! Your way sounds easy peasy and foolproof!!! This is a GREAT idea! For shorter, more stable stems, grow paperwhite bulbs in water with a 5% alcohol concentration. And I certainly have enough mason jars hanging around here to make those. Yvonne,Wanting desperately to plant paperwhites this year. Yvonne you and I are on the same page. Going to give them a try, dear friend! Don’t forget to stick the bulb(s) in the ground once spent (I’ve planted them in the spring but they should really be stored until fall), I’ve had success with them growing the next spring. So how then is it done, you ask. Gently add gravel to a shallow, clear dish or wide-mouthed canning jar. I usually grow paperwhite bulbs around the holidays. Depending on the variety the delicate blooms are either pure white, yellow or a combination of both. Wow! Set the bulbs in a warm, sunny spot, water regularly, and they will flower in a month or so. Fill the bottom of your glass jar, vase or bowl with about two to four inches of stones, marbles or sea glass. I’m gonna have to dress mine up some now. With the use of a jar specifically designed for forcing bulbs in water, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to force an amaryllis in water. I have not tried paperwhites. I had so much fun making them. . I’m taking the jars to friends tomorrow. For gifts, tie some attractive string, raffia or ribbon around the jar. Love Patty. . I love paperwhites! I think I can even do it. Hope this helps. I posted on how to plant last week. Fill a container two-thirds full with marbles or smooth pebbles. This makes such a cute gift. I like the stone idea because I could see the roots too much in my jar and I didn’t care for it. Thanks for the great idea! Paperwhites and crocus – Small bulbs, like paperwhites and crocus, are easy to grow without soil, and nearly any sturdy container will work, including bowls, vases or canning jars. Directions: Fill the jar about 3/4 of the way up with pea gravel. Paperwhites do not need soil. Soon leaves will grow, followed by fragrant white flowers. . Thanks for the reminder! Hi! Add a few more pebbles to anchor bulbs. Too funny!! Helen, the Crocus.co.uk Plant Doctor, shows how easy it is to grow paperwhites in a vase. Put a small layer of stones on the bottom of your container 1-2" deep. In frost-free climates (zones 8-11) the bulbs may be planted outdoors in fall for late winter blooms. Paperwhites are very easy to force in either moist potting soil or water. Great idea! Living by grace, I strive to live large and love all those who cross my path. Yvonne, this is wonderful! Any container will work. Each year I try to give each couple something special to take home as a party gift. Remember to pin this to your Chirstmas or DIY Pinterest board. Digital scrapbook elements courtesy of Everyday Mom Ideas. When the shoots are about 2" tall, pour off the water and replace it with the alcohol solution. The premise is that waxed amaryllis bulbs take no care and no water. This year I wanted to do something different for our friends, but still work within our fabulous "we're still in residency" budget. ... Place a couple of inches of pebbles in the bottom of the jar, vase, or dish. Place your bulbs on top of the rocks, root side down (pointy side up) Put a few more stones around the bulbs for support. I made these at the beginning of November, and am happy to have a few blooms today! It’s simple and I don’t have to worry if it’s something they like to eat! As I looked for winter bulbs I came across waxed amaryllis. Plant Put a 2-inch layer of small stones, glass pebbles or aquarium gravel in a tall glass vase, canning jar or crystal bowl. Add a bow or twine…. (Natural stone colors work well and will complement the brown, papery skin of the bulbs.) Position the Bulb Well, now I know what I’m going to do in the next couple of days — prep some paper whites for Valentine’s Day! They are on my list this year. You put my link in inlinkz instead of yours. Neighbor Gift Idea: Paperwhites Planted in Mason Jars, I love to share my projects & ideas! Lovely. Fill ball jar 3/4 full of small stones. I’ll admit I’m quite nervous…I have a BLACK thumb!!! It’s especially fun to give a single bulb in a ball jar! Thanks for sharing. I’m semi-retired from teaching, but now I “sub.” I was looking for an idea to give to all the teachers for whom I have subbed this year. Place bulbs, and then add a little more gravel, if needed. Beautiful!!! One Cool Thing: Paperwhite Bulbs in Mason Jars 1. Thanks for sharing. This is just so pretty! I love paperwhites and this idea for gift giving is perfect. Paperwhites can also grow in a variety of creative mediums that provide root support. I need to get my paperwhites started! This idea made my day!!!!! Select a container that's around 3 to 4 inches deep without drainage holes. What a wonderful idea..Will have to try this! Regularly rotate the container so the paperwhites will grow … Turns out paperwhites are a traditional flower to give out at Christmas because they have beautiful, white blooms and they are easy to force indoors. Hi Yvonne, I am back and so happy..really missed blogland!! Nestle in the bulbs (about 3/4 inch apart, tips up). They look stately grouped with Poinsettias and can be a resplendent flurry-of-white when grouped together. To avoid this, grow the container outdoors, in a bright location away from the house, where they receive the full … They are elegant and snowy white and organic and have a heady sweet smell. I really like the ribbon and greenery.Kelly. The most common frustration of growing Paperwhites is that they become tall and floppy. Yvonne… What a beautiful thoughtful gift to give someone. 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