|At about 10 days.|
Some might consider the scent "floral," but to me it's just plain stinky, and too strong. Like lilies, the scent also acts as an allergen to some of us. I can feel my throat close up when I get too close.
I was delighted to stumble upon fragrance-free bulbs at Merrifield Garden Center. They cost a bit more than I remember paying for regular paperwhite bulbs, but I figured they were worth it.
|At about 2 weeks.|
Lies, all lies! I'm here to tell you that they are NOT fragrance free. They may be a bit less odoriferous (how's that for a $5 vocabulary word?), but I can smell them when I enter the room. Forget sitting next to them.
The process is so easy:
Cover with pebbles or aquarium gravel. Some people use soil or peat moss.
Water to keep the roots wet.
Place in a sunny location in a 55-65 degree F. room.
After the stems start to get really tall, I try to remember to tie a loose bit of string or ribbon around them to keep them from flopping over later.
That's it -- just keep the roots moist by adding a bit of water every few days. In 4-6 weeks you'll have beautiful (if stinky) blooms.
Even with all my grousing, I enjoy watching them grow and bloom. I'll just enjoy them from afar.
|Ignore my dormant orchid in the background.|