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Buy narcissus bulbs at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroBuy paperwhites at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Beat the winter blues by growing paperwhite lilies (narcissus) bulbs this fall.

Paperwhites are lovely and easy to grow. They take about four weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. They make beautiful arrangements for the holidays and Thanksgiving centerpieces. Staggering containers is a great way to add fragrance and beauty in your home throughout the season.

Once you buy your bulbs, store them in a cool dry place until you are ready to grow them.

Step 1: “Plant” bulbs in groups of 5-7 in a vase or small pot with decorative gravel and water. You can use pebbles, small rocks, or decorative glass.

Step 2: Only cover the lower 2/3 of the bulbs, as the roots grow they will keep bulbs upright, emerging under the stones. Vases and small pots about 6 inches wide work well for a balanced and formal look.

Step 3: Help reduce your plants getting “leggy” or long and floppy by keeping them out of direct sunlight and in a cool temperature room, below 70 degrees. You can tie any floppy stems together with fishing line or a decorative ribbon for a formal look.

Step 4: Enjoy!

You can give a try to growing them outdoors in the Bay area and they will be the first to emerge in your late winter garden.