When to Plant
Delivery & Planting Times
Spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall. They need cool soil to make roots before the onset of winter. Cool fall weather arrives at different times from north to south and from high elevations to low.
Please note that the temperature of the soil lags behind the air temperature. You can generally plant later than the windows provided in this map. As long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant.
Nir is one of the best paperwhites introduced to date. Its stems are shorter and therefore much less likely to flop than those of the standard issue; its flowers are larger and showier; and its sweet fragrance, while strong, is not overpowering.
Paperwhites are for indoor growing only, except where winters are very mild. Allow 5–6 weeks from planting to bloom. Bulbs can be started at intervals to provide color and fragrance until after Easter. Each will produce 2–3 sturdy stems crowned with clusters of sweetly scented white flowers.
Bulb size is determined by the circumference around the largest part of the bulb. Colorblends only delivers top size bulbs. Large bulbs produce more or larger flowers than small bulbs.
Hardy in USDA zones 8b to 9a in the South or 10b on the West Coast.
Except where winters are very mild, paperwhites must be grown indoors in containers. Complete growing instructions are provided in our Planting & Care Instructions (PDF). A paper copy of the instructions is enclosed with every order.