Forcing Perfect Paperwhites: How much cold can they take?

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Forcing Perfect Paperwhites

By orchidgal
November 18, 2014

This is a foolproof way to force those beautiful and fragrant paperwhites successfully, without having them get leggy and fall over. They look so beautiful on a windowsill in the cold winter months.

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 18, 2014 11:52 AM CST
I love the jolly look of paperwhites but am not fond of their cloying fragrance. I have an unheated side porch with half-windows on 3 sides facing east, south and west. I'm wondering if I could put some bulbs out there to enjoy from inside without clogging my nose up? I could also run a small space heater out there (and often do for the dog and cat in freezing weather) to keep it around 60-ish.
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Name: Nancy Mumpton
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nmumpton
Nov 22, 2014 12:31 PM CST
I've had paperwhites in a sunroom heated to 50 degrees and they love it. I think they could take it even cooler. Better cool than warm!

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orchidgal
Nov 24, 2014 10:14 PM CST
I think a colder porch might work Deb. Let me know if you do it and if it works. Thanks.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 25, 2014 12:57 PM CST
Will do.
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