Paperwhite Ziva
Paperwhite Ziva

Paperwhite Ziva

SKU: X43121
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Paperwhite Narcissus
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec
Height: 16-18" Spacing: 6-8"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BULB
Fragrance: Yes Deer Resistance: Yes
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Shipping Details Shipment begins in late September 2017, depending on your zone. See shipping tab for details

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The all-time favorite bulb for indoor forcing is the Paperwhite Narcissus. Large clusters of pure white flowers arch above graceful, blue-green foliage, and their sweet, musky perfume fills a room with fragrance. Paperwhites require no preparation and are absolutely foolproof. When bulbs are planted in early December, they will flower in 4 to 6 weeks with seldom a miss. To make a good thing even better, we select extra-large bulbs of Narcissus 'Ziva', which produce more bloom than you've ever seen on a Paperwhite.

Shipment of Paperwhites begins in mid-September and continues into January, with an occasional pause for foul weather. We suggest that plantings be started at 2- to 4-week intervals to keep the show running all winter. Bulbs may be held for weeks in a warm, dark closet, which allows plenty of flexibility in orchestrating displays for holidays or other special occasions.

For more information on Paperwhite care, click on Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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I rely on Ziva paperwhiites in midwinter

The Flower Lady from Morristown Tennessee

Wonderful in water with polished stones as a centerpiece. one part vodka to ten parts water added once they put up 2 inches of foliage keeps them from flopping. I've ordered the bulbs for many years with never a failure.

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Ziva Bulbs Produce Magical Results

Karen from Durham, NC

I gave my sister a paperwhite kit from White Flower Farms Christmas before last and she was so delighted with the results, she decided to make them a permanent part of her holiday and spring traditions. This last year, I purchased two orders of Ziva paperwhites, and despite a unexpected delay in attending to the bulbs, the results have been wonderful. I have potted several pots for my enjoyment, started a set of bulbs for a friend in town and even successfully sent potted bulbs across the country to my mother. To accomplish this, I chose a ceramic pot that matched her decor and was rather shallow, and taped up its drainage hole. I then placed good potting soil in the bottom, arranged the bulbs tightly and covered them with a light layer of potting soil, bringing the soil to about 1/4-1/2" to the top of the pot. The pot was then well wrapped in saran wrap. I tied a hand-dyed bow around the concoction to keep everything in place, and bubble-wrapped the pot, its saucer, and instructions (along with the planting stick from the bulbs) before placing everything in an appropriate box. My mother was delighted to receive a gift that reflected her tastes and interests so closely, and the paperwhites, after watering, did wonderfully. If I repeat this gift idea again, I might add a light layer of moss to the top of the dirt to secure the dirt and add a more finished look after experimenting at home to see if affected the growth of the bulbs.

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Paperwhites make best Holiday gifts

Joy of giving from Deerfield, NY

Give a paperwhite 'kit' to friends and family. Vase, stones/ marbles, bulbs,directions, raffia around the container and a note of Holiday greetings. Or start them 3 weeks ahead of giving. Frieds have become hooked.Don't forget to include yourself in the giving. Every single bulb bloomed in 3 weeks. White Flower Farms is a very reliable source.

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Best Paperwhites Ever!

Mrs B from Brooklyn, NY

These are the best paperwhites I've ever had -- they bloomed quickly, and stood straight and tall for weeks. Lovely fragrant blooms and lots of them. Next year, I'll spread out the planting over a few weeks, so I have sequential flowering, rather than all pots blooming at once. HIghly recommended.

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Excellent performance & value

Southern Gardner from New Orleans, LA

Good quality bulbs that performed well. I've had a continuous show of flowers for well over a month.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Paperwhites require little more than to be potted and watered to produce clusters of fragrant blooms.

  • When the bulbs arrive, open the bags immediately to allow air to reach the bulbs. You can either pot the bulbs right away or keep them to grow at a later time. If storing the bulbs, keep them at room temperature in a dark place for up to 4-6 weeks.
  • If you receive one of our 24-bulb collections, consider potting 6-12 bulbs at 2- to 4-week intervals for a staggered display. Bulbs generally bloom 4-6 weeks after potting. 

How to Grow Paperwhites

Paperwhite Narcissus will grow happily and bloom with nothing more than water and stones or pebbles.

Growing Paperwhites in water:

  • To "plant" your bulbs in any our our soilless kits, begin by carefully placing a layer of stones or pebbles to a depth of about 2" in a small vase or about 4" in a larger vase.
  • Next place a layer of Paperwhite bulbs close to each other, roots facing down. Put a few stones or pebbles around and between the bulbs to anchor them in the vase. Leave the tops of the bulbs exposed.
  • Finally, add water until the level reaches just below the base of the bulbs, but no higher (if the bases of the bulbs sit in water, they will rot).
  • Follow the instructions for "Rooting and care" below.

Growing Paperwhites in soil:

  • To pot the bulbs from one our kits with potting mix, begin by placing the potting mix in a plastic tub. Slowly add water and stir until the mix is moist but not soggy. Add moistened mix to the accompanying container until it is about 3/4 full.
  • Set the bulbs, pointed end up, on top of the mix. Space the bulbs very closely; they should almost touch. Then add more mix, covering the bulbs up to their necks and leaving the tips exposed. Water thoroughly.
  • Follow the instructions for "Rooting and care" below.

Rooting and care

  • Set your container or vase in a cool (50-60°F is ideal) place away from direct sunlight. Check the bulbs frequently and water thoroughly when the potting mix is dry 1" below the surface (but not more than once a week until the bulbs begin active growth), or when the water level is more than 1" below the stones or glass in your vase.
  • If your bulbs are in a bowl (a pot without a drainage hole), water with extra care: Bulbs sitting in soggy potting mix soon rot.
  • Once a week, tug gently on the bulbs to see if they have begun to product roots. When your tug meets with firm resistance (usually about 3 weeks after potting), move the container to a sunny window.
  • Keep a close eye on watering. Bulbs in active growth can dry out in just a day or two.
  • When Paperwhites are forced to bloom indoors, they have a tendency to topple when in flower. Hold them upright with the bulb supports supplied with our bulb kits or with bamboo stakes and twine (available at garden centers). If you use our supports, set them in place when the bulb shoots are 8-10" tall by inserting the legs at regular intervals along the inside edge of the container. As the leaves and stems grow, a few will find their way outside the ring. Gently bend them and push them back inside.
  • After Paperwhites finish blooming, we recommend that you throw the bulbs out or toss them on the compost pile. They won't bloom again indoors.



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