Paperwhite's fragrance, love it or hate it?

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog paperwhites 123013Paperwhites are beautiful and fragrant. To me, they smell like spring. Photo by Doug Oster

I'm one of the lucky ones. When paperwhites bloom it only takes my wife about an hour to figure out the dog didn't have an accident.

Such is the love/hate relationship with the flowers.

To me they smell like spring, to others, not so much.

These daffodil bulbs are sold for about $1 a piece and will bloom in about four weeks after planting. They are one of the plants that keep me going during the winter.

The bulbs get planted every few weeks in a pot of planting mix, that way the blooms are around most of the season.

Three or four bulbs will provide plenty of fragrance, maybe more than some can take.

After they bloom the foliage will remain, but it's almost impossible to make them bloom again. They aren't hardy for outdoor use. At some point my wife usually takes the pots out into my unheated greenhouse where the persist with green leaves.

Eventually they find their way to compost pile.

Winter wouldn't be the same for me without some paperwhites blooming. When I close my eyes and take in the strong aroma I can picture my garden filled with wonderful daffodil blooms, heralding the arrival of spring.


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