Paperwhite 'Ziva' for your own containers
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Paperwhite 'Ziva' for your own containers

Paperwhite 'Ziva' for your own containers

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
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Product Details

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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 out of 5 stars (15 Reviews) Write a Review

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Shipping Costs

Have ordered these bulbs for years. The shipping was never this much. Will seek out other options this year.

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A pleasure in past years, ordering again now

After several years of enjoying paperwhites for myself, last year I made up little glass vases with four bulbs each as gifts for family members who enjoyed them extremely. Ordering again to repeat the pleasure this year! All bulbs grew and looked beautiful.

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Great Bulbs, disappointed price

I order paperwhite bulbs every year for my husband and friends. The flowers are usually wonderful. I was quite upset this year when the catalog price was not honored, raising the price of 24 bulbs from $29 to $42. I was told it was due to crop shortage. Really? I also think the shipping costs are excessive.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 5 years ago (09/27/17 08:55AM)

Dear Gardening Friend,
We understand your frustration with the price increase on our Paperwhite bulbs and we apologize for the unpleasant surprise. As you may know, the vast majority of Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs are grown in Israel, and this year’s harvest was unusually poor, yielding a very limited supply of top grade bulbs. Rather than compromising on the grade of bulb we offer, we have elected to pay substantially more to obtain large grade bulbs, which we know will perform for our customers. This choice is the driver of the unusually large (and abrupt) price increase. We appreciate that Paperwhites are available elsewhere and that not all retailers will go this route.

Thanks for taking the time to write; we appreciate your feedback and patronage.

Eliot A. Wadsworth
VP, Marketing

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Biggest Bulbs I've ever seen

I bought 72 bulbs from White Flower farm this year and I've never seen paperwhite bulbs this big! Out of 72 only one was a dud, the rest gave me tons of huge blooms on sturdy stalks. I'm an event planner and the holiday season is a very busy time for me. This year I was able to provide my clients with gorgeous displays of fragrant paperwhites, perfect for winter weddings and holiday parties. For sure going to buy all my paperwhites from White Flower Farm for here on out!

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Recommend to anyone

I didn't have any flowers pot. I used Tupperware as flower pot. It works great. You don't need to add a lot water in it. Without support to keep them stand up, it will be leggy.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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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