How to plant paperwhite narcissi in pots for forcing

As many of you will know, the stunning Paperwhite Narcissus with its tall stems of multiple white, fragrant flowers is an absolute winner for potting inside ready for the Christmas table. Once potted and brought indoors, they reward your small efforts with their lovely blooms within 2 to 3 weeks. But how many of us have lamented their tendency to top heavy legginess that topples the flowers at the height of their glory?

A solution is at hand in the form of a festive drink! Once you have potted your bulbs and the roots are beginning to show, start watering with a solution of 5% alcohol (no more or you will cause growth problems). You will find that this stunts the growth to around a third to a half leaving you with strong, upright flowers ready for Christmas.