November 3th, 2023

Start your Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs now for beautiful Christmas blooms! Both plants offer stunning flowering blooms, adding colour and Holiday cheer during the long winter months that are quickly approaching. Keep reading for information on how to best grow Amaryllis and Paperwhites from bulbs at this time of year.


Paperwhites are a type of easy-to-grow Daffodil (also known as Narcissus). Paperwhites grow and bloom indoors very easily. They require little care but reward you with a long period of fragrant indoor flowers. They look great near an entranceway to greet your guests or in your living/dining room to add a sweet fragrance.

Paperwhites prefer well-drained soil but can grow just as well in rocks with water. To grow paperwhites in soil, find a suitable pot and plant the bulb so that the top third of the bulb is visible above the soil. Water them until the soil is evenly moist.

To grow paperwhites in water, place an inch or two of rocks or glass beads in the bottom of a vase. Place the bulbs on top of the rocks and fill the vase with water until it touches the base of the bulb. Place the pot or vase in a bright sunny window to encourage the bulbs to grow! Regularly check the pot or vase, adding water as needed.

It is best if you plant the bulbs in the soil or rocks and place them in a cool room for 2 to 3 weeks to let them develop roots. Wait another 4 to 6 weeks for the Paperwhites to bloom just in time for the holiday season!


Of the many flowering bulbs, Amaryllis are one of the easiest to bring to bloom. These large bulbs provide you with weeks of colour through the holiday season, often blooming well into January. They can produce multiple flower stems with 3 to 6 blooms per stem.

Amaryllis normally take about 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. If you have a shorter time frame, however, you can grow several special varieties that will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. Please remember that Amaryllis bulbs may not bloom if they are in too large of a pot.

Visit our blog post about bulb forcing here!

CLICK HERE to learn more about growing Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs indoors at this time of year (also known as bulb ‘forcing’)

P.S. – we’ll let you in on a secret Hunters Garden Centre tip… For a continuous display, start a few bulbs at 2-week intervals so there will be new blooms starting as one finishes!

Visit us in-store to browse from a wide range of high-quality Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs… Christmas is around the corner! or call us