Paperwhite narcissus

Narcissus 'Cragford'

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Kahn
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Paperwhite narcissus (Narcissus 'Cragford')
nar-SIS-us
Genus:  Narcissus
This hardy paperwhite is well-suited to forcing, blooming 8 to 10 weeks after planting.  It produces mildly musk-scented, white flowers with orange centers on stems 12 to 14 inches tall.
Care:  Grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade (see individual species for specific requirements). In autumn, plant bulbs from 1.5 times to 5 times the bulbs' height (3 inches or more in cold climates). Under glass, grow in 1 part grit and 2 parts soil mix. Deadhead seed heads (except those of species, for dispersal) and allow leaves to photosynthesize for 6 weeks before cutting back, including plantings in turf. Lift and divide clumps if they become overcrowded or perform poorly. Bulbs may be forced in autumn in a cold frame; plant with tops visible, keep moist, and when rooted, move to a cool greenhouse (less than 64 degrees).
Propagation:  Separate bulbs and replant in early summer or early fall.
Problems:  Narcissus bulb fly, narcissus nematode, bulb scale mite, slugs, narcissus basal rot, other fungal infections, narcisus yellow stripe virus, and other viruses.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Indoor Plant,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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