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valinct
Dec 16, 2019 7:55 PM CST
Hi all,
I am new to the forum and I barely know anything about plants but here goes...
I purchased a paper white a couple of months back, it was a pre-potted kit with the bulbs already in soil, so it started growing and had beautiful green sprouts coming up that are (were , eek!!) about 3" tall already and my 10 year old daughter has been tending to it daily, making sure to water etc. and it was doing so well...about a month ago my father passed away and my daughter, unbeknownst to me, decided that this plant was somehow her grandpa coming back to life, we kept the plant on the kitchen window so it could get plenty of light and tonight it was a bit hot in the kitchen while I was cooking so I cracked the window and in doing so, the plant fell over into the sink and the top green leaves and crushed, needless to say, my daughter started crying hysterically because in her mind that was her grandpa and I basically killed the plant. I feel HORRIBLE, does anyone know if the plant will come back or is it doomed? My daughter wanted to throw it into trash in the midst of her tears but thankfully she couldn't bring herself to do it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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woofie
Dec 16, 2019 8:42 PM CST
A photo would be helpful. Are all of the green leaves broken off?
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oneeyeluke
Dec 17, 2019 4:05 AM CST
Thats a hard one to fix, maybe you could save it maybe not. Perhaps you can get another one and put in the place of the old one. Or perhaps a lesson in impermanence may help.
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JayZeke
Dec 17, 2019 6:33 AM CST
I believe you're talking about Paperwhite 'Ziva' Kit …… with 3" stem, it might be tough because that could have been the flower start.
but if you continue to take care of the bulbs, which I believe did not get to flower, they will eventually start growing from below the dirt again.
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Hamwild
Dec 17, 2019 7:58 AM CST
Are they like dafodills or amaryllis in that they die back after flowering? Just a thought.
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tarev
Dec 17, 2019 3:43 PM CST
Yes, Hamwild they behave similarly.
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WillC
Dec 17, 2019 3:49 PM CST
My experience with forced Paper Whites is that they fall apart after flowering and are not usually worth saving.
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tarev
Dec 17, 2019 3:52 PM CST
I was able to make my Paperwhites come back after their initial flowering, but they were now being grown outdoors in a container, and during this time of the year they wake up again since my area in a mild winter area. So it all depends how you handle them later on. Smiling
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ctcarol
Dec 17, 2019 5:43 PM CST
Mine were planted in the ground years ago. They continue to multiply and bloom every year...unlike some of the Daffodils. My paper whites are almost through blooming now, but my Freesias will replace them soon. Some daffodils do fine in our mild winters...others don't. Many of the "spring flowering" bulbs need the winter chill, so don't do well in mild winter climates or forcing in the house. I would let the forced bulbs die back then plant (or move pot) outside for next year.
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WillC
Dec 18, 2019 3:44 PM CST
Unfortunately, planting them outside is not an option in colder climates.
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