Paperwhite Winter Solace Kit
Paperwhite Winter Solace Kit

Paperwhite Winter Solace Kit

SKU: X84361
Quick Facts
Common Name: Paperwhite Narcissus
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - High Light
Blooms In: Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec
Mature Height: 12-15" Read our Growing Guide
Ships as: BULB VASE AND STONES Fragrance: Yes
Shipping Details Shipment begins in early December 2023, depending on your zone. See shipping tab for details
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The fragrant, snowy white clusters of Paperwhites make a dramatic centerpiece or holiday bouquet, especially when paired with the red berries of Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) in our wide hurricane vase. Our Winter Solace Kit includes everything you need to grow these festive bulbs all season.

A complete kit:

  • 12 bulbs (that will fill our vase twice)
  • 4 Winterberry Holly stems
  • 12" glass vase
  • River pebbles
  • Complete growing instructions

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. If you start your plantings at 2- to 4-week intervals you can 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. We enclose detailed instructions for growing with your order.

Please note: Winterberries are not for consumption and are best kept away from pets and small children.




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. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the 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.



Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (6 Reviews) Write a Review

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Quite spectacular...turned out exactly like the picture..tall fragrant blooms above the winterberry
will make this a tradition reusing the vase and stone planting mixture

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My kit arrived with 4 very large and very beautiful winterberry stems more than generous enough for the vase and after I pruned them to the length and fullness I wanted, I had enough for another small arrangement. The bulbs are large. Looking forward to the blooms and the branches are spectacular while I wait. Very pleased!

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Really looking forward to receiving this beautiful arrangement. Watched the video and will keep a few bulbs out to make the blooming cycle last longer! Sending one to a friend who also really needs the beauty and fragrance of memories over the holidays and shorter days. Thank you for offering such a great kit.

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Absolutely Beautiful!

My husband surprised me with this for Christmas. I love it. I don't know what the other reviewers are talking about the winter berry stems were extremely long and fill the vase beautifully while waiting for the Narcissus to bloom! Thanks soo much!

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Nice, but not as pictured

I agree with previous review that the winterberry was MUCH shorter than the photo. It looked ok once the bulbs grew out, but it was a really tight fit in the vase. My winterberry dried out quickly b/c there was not enough room in the vase for each stem and the bulbs to be in the water. You can use the vase over and over again. Slightly over priced.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
Print Grow Guide

Paperwhites require no chilling to prepare them for bloom, just time to form roots in a cool dark place before being moved to a sunny window (see Rooting and Care, below).

  • 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.



How to Grow Paperwhite (Narcissus) Bulbs in a Vase