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Narcissus Paperwhite

Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs easily naturalize but don't generally start from seed in the garden. The bulbs multiply by dividing and they do this with enthusiasm. I usually start a clump with half a dozen bulbs. Narcissus Paper White bulbs are planted pointy side up a couple of inches deep. As the bulbs multiply they will heave their way to the surface. Bulbs can be forced indoors, but often won't bloom the following year. Narcissus Paperwhite is easily divided by lifting bulbs and leaving them in a new spot. The bulbs are poisonous to gophers so the are generally safe in the garden from rodents. The flowers come on around the first of the year and last several weeks. I generally plant multiple varieties of narcissus to keep the season going. Some variety of Narcissus in my garden is blooming from November through April. Narcissus Paperwhites are winter hardy to any chill we are likely to see, I have grown them where temperatures regularly dip below 10° F. Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs are summer deciduous. Plant in full sun to light shade. Darker shade and blooming will be sparse. These bulbs do best where they don't get much summer irrigation. Narcissus Paperwhite is in the Tazetta group of Narcissus.

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Narcissus Paperwhite

White on white flowers of Narcissus Paperwhite. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Bulbs related to the Narcissus and Daffodils featured on this site:
Narcissus Jenny * Jenny Daffodil
Narcissus King Alfred * Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus Paperwhite * Paperwhite Narcissus