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Paperwhite, ‘Ziva’

Paperwhite, ‘Ziva’ is a reliable strain that is imported from Israel. It produces clusters of pure white blooms with a strong, spicy fragrance on stems averaging 16-18 inches tall. ‘Ziva’ takes 4-5 weeks to bloom. There is nothing quite so addicting as having plants blooming in your home during the winter and nothing is easier to bring into bloom than Paperwhite narcissus. Paperwhite are cultivated varieties of the species Narcissus papyraeus, which is native to the eastern Mediterranean. Not surprisingly, Paperwhite can only be grown in the very warmest areas (zones 8 – 11). However, their popularity comes from the fact that they are the very easiest bulbs to force to bloom indoors. Not only that, they all have wonderful, sometimes intoxicating, fragrances. In addition, all produce multiple blooms; some will have as many as a dozen flowers per bulb. Who wouldn’t want some of these prolific, fragrant flowers blooming inside during the cold dreary winter months?

They make good container plants and can be delightful cut flowers. These easy-to-bloom bulbs can be successfully grown in either soil or gravel. In either case, your container must be at least deeper than the height of the bulbs. An alternative to soil is to plant paperwhite in gravel (or sand) and water. Choose a container that you are sure is watertight. You will need gravel with small pieces that can easily settle into all the nooks and crannies between the bulbs. If you have potted your bulbs in soil, simply keep them evenly moist. If you are growing your paperwhite in gravel, keep the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs.

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Plant Details +

Bulb Type Bulb
Size 13-14 cm
Height 16-18"
Spacing Bulbs can be near but not touching.
Exposure Indirect Sun
Foliage Green
Flower White
Bloomtime Winter-Very Early Spring

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Easy to Grow: 1. Start with the pot. You should use a sturdy pot that leaves space between the pot and the bulbs. Space the bulbs as close as possible without touching each other or the sides of the container. Plant the bulbs in good quality potting soil or gravel. Do not use a pot that is sharply tapered or very shallow because you want room for decent root growth. 2. Add water so the soil is moist, but not soggy. Do not over water. 3. Paperwhite narcissus like good daylight, but don't want to be in direct sunlight. Temperatures of 60-65 degrees are ideal. If possible, place the growing bulbs in a cool room at night. It takes an average of 4-5 weeks for paperwhite to bloom. When grown warm, the bulbs tend to be taller and weaker, sometimes leaning over. 4. For stronger plants, place your newly planted paperwhite somewhere cool and dark for a week immediately after planting to give them a little extra rooting time before growing. 5. Water on a regular basis throughout the flowering period.