Paperwhites in linen bag
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Paperwhite Narcissus
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - High Light
Blooms In: Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec
Mature Height: 16-18" Read our Growing Guide
Ships as: BULB Fragrance: Yes
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Paperwhites belong to a group of Daffodils that are not hardy for us, but are easily grown in a pot or vase indoors. Their large clusters of pure white flowers arch above graceful, blue-green foliage, and their perfume fills a room with fragrance. Our signature White Flower Farm linen bag filled with 12 Paperwhite bulbs makes a memorable present.

We deliver bulbs that are ready to begin growing upon arrival. When bulbs are planted in early December, they will flower in 4-6 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. If you start your plantings at 2-4 week intervals you can keep the show running all winter. Bulbs may be held for weeks at room temperature (about 70°F) in a dark place (such as a closet), which allows plenty of flexibility in orchestrating displays for holidays or other special occasions.

For more information on Paperwhite care, click 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. 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars (11 Reviews) Write a Review

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Only came wtih 14 bulbs, not 24

I have had great success with forcing these bulbs in the past. However, the price per bag has gone up, supposedly because now you get 24 bulbs instead of 12. I paid up for the larger quantity. Sadly, I only got 14 bulbs in the bag specifically marked 24 bulbs.

All the bulbs bloomed, I was just 10 bulbs short...
Response from White Flower Farm — one month ago (01/11/24 09:46AM)

We sincerely apologize that you did not receive all 24 paperwhite bulbs. Unfortunately they are sold out, so I issued a refund to your original method of payment for the cost of the bulbs.

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Major disappointment for 2022

I am an annual buyer and have purchased these regularly from WFF. I plant them the same way every year - in a glass vases with river rocks. Usually staggering my planting by two weeks. Of the 24 bulbs purchased this year only two have produced flowers so far. In previous years these never failed to produce long-lasting blooms. This year is a major disappointment.

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Annual Buyer

I have been delighted with my annual forcing : Using glass containers and clear marbles, I place several groupings in my spare refrigerator for at least 6 weeks and then one by one move to a sunny place every 2-3 weeks, thus have them blooming continuously winter through spring. Get only 1-2 duds in a bag of bulbs. They do need tying or such as they are tall and would droop otherwise.

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The Ziva Paperwhites are PERFECT!

These paperwhite bulbs are absolutely the best. I never buy them from our local super market or home furnishing places, since I started buying all my bulbs from White Flower Farms. These are about twice as big as other "commercial" bulbs, they grow quickly, and they perfume the entire house. Thanks, WFF, for stocking these every year.

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Bloom Then Bust

Bought three bags of paperwhites last year. Came beautifully packaged. Immediately put several bulbs in vases with rocks and water. Stems came out fast and blossoms followed quickly. Gorgeous, so satisfying with so little work! However, I had a problem when the dozen or so I stored for less than a month (in my cool, dark closet)totally failed when I was ready to use them. According the WFF information, it should have been fine to stagger blooms, bulbs should be kept in a cool dry place if not used immediately. WFF personnel were professional and gave me fair credit when I called. Will go again this year but I don't recommend trying to save any bulbs for the actual arrival of spring. Maybe I did something wrong?

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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 (about 70°F) 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