Narcissus 'Galilee'

paperwhite - tazetta daffodil bulbs

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Buy Narcissus 'Galilee' paperwhite - tazetta daffodil bulbs: A more compact paperwhite

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: March to April, as early as December if forced
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
  • Bulb size: 14/15

    Paperwhites are sought after for their highly scented flowers. They can be grown outside for spring flowers in milder regions, but they're often 'forced' and grown inside as short-term houseplants. That's because (when grown in warmer conditions inside the home), their flowers will often appear just a few weeks they're planted - and their sweet perfume will fill the room. In these lower light conditions, many forms can start to get floppy over the season, but 'Galilee' is a new, more compact form, which should be less prone to this.

  • Garden care: Wearing gloves plant bulbs 10-15cm deep and 10cm apart in autumn. After flowering feed with a balanced fertiliser, deadhead the flowers, but do not be tempted to cut back or tidy the foliage after flowering as this will interfere with the bulbs’ ability to store energy for the following year's flowers.

  • To force your daffodils: Plant them close together in bowls filled with bulb fibre. Make sure the growing tips are protruding just above the top of the compost. Put them in a cold, dark place, which will encourage the flowering stems and roots to develop before the leaves. Keep the bulb fibre just moist and leave them in the dark for 8 weeks - or until the new shoots are about 4-5cm tall. Once they have reached this height, bring them into a dark room away from bright sunlight. The leaves will gradually turn green and you can slowly increase the light levels as they do. The flowers will soon follow. If you prefer to keep your paperwhites compact, Anna Pavord in her book Bulb tells of experiments at Cornell University, where they discovered that a little alcohol reduced their height by up to 40%. Apparently the best way to tackle it is to stand the pot of paperwhites on a tray of pebbles filled with water, making sure that the bottom of the pot is not standing in water. When the shoots are approximately 5cm high, tip out the water and refill with a mix of 9 parts water to one part hard liquor such as gin, vodka or rum (beer and wine should be avoided).

  • Harmful if eaten/skin irritant

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