Spend an hour or two planting prepared narcissi in early autumn, and you’ll be able to enjoy their fragrant flowers during the dark days of winter.
It’s important to buy bulbs that are labelled as suitable for forcing – popular varieties include ‘Paperwhite Ziva’ and ‘Soleil D’Or’.
For an interesting indoor display, choose a glass bowl and fill it with gravel, glass beads or pebbles.
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Here’s how to force narcissi.
You Will Need
'Paperwhite', 'Soleil D'Or' or any prepared narcissus bulbs
Decorative crushed stone or pebbles
Place a layer of pebbles, gravel or glass beads in the base of your chosen container.
Adding pebbles to the glass jar
Push the narcissus bulbs to about half their depth into the pebbles to hold them firm.
Planting the narcissus bulbs in the glass jar
Add water to just below the bulb and no higher, topping up to this level as needed.
Watering the container
Buy enough narcissus bulbs to plant several vases every seven to 10 days throughout September and early October to provide a succession of flowers through December and January.