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Paperwhites can be planted in soil, more commonly they are grown in pots or dishes with some stones to anchor them in place and a little water.
Select a container that is at least 3” – 4” deep and that has no drainage holes.
Spread an inch or 2 of small stones or clean gravel along the bottom of the container.
Position your Paperwhite bulb, pointed end up, on top of the stone layer. Go ahead and squeeze them in. They not only look better in a large group, the tight fit will help keep them from toppling over.
Add another layer of stones to fill in any gaps and cover the bulbs up to their shoulders. The pointed tips should still be showing.
Add water so that the level just reaches the base of the bulbs. Allowing the bottom of the bulb (roots) to sit in water will stimulate growth. Covering the entire bulb with water could cause it to rot.
Place your container to a sunny window. The sunnier the better, but try not to let them get too warm or they will grow leggy.
Check your bulbs daily to see if they need more water.
Once the plants flower, they will last longer if moved out of direct sunlight, to a cool spot with indirect or diffused light.
If blossoms start to lean or fall, stake with a stick and some string.