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Narcissus Paperwhite

Narcissus Paperwhite easily naturalizes but doesn't generally start from seed in the garden. The bulbs multiply by dividing. 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. Narcissus in my garden are 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 Paperwhites are summer deciduous. Plant in full sun to light shade. Darker shade and blooming will be sparse. These plants do not like summer irrigation

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Narcissus Paperwhite

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