All Things Gardening forum: dwarfed(?) paperwhites

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 24, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Last year I bought about 60 paperwhites which I grew indoors in succession.

I plopped the last few in a tall glass with pebbles and water and put them under lights.

Yesterday I discovered that despite being only a few inches tall (normally they reach 20" or so), they are blooming.

What could have caused this dwarfing, any idea?

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Just curious because I know that the other 56 bulbs were not dwarfed so it must be something to do with culture (water-v-soil, Physan20-v-no-Physan20, lights-v-window, etc.).


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tarev
Jan 24, 2017 10:20 PM CST
It may need more light.
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 24, 2017 11:00 PM CST
I doubt it. It's under 3 large LED plant lights which grow all the things around it (zinnias, succulents, and houseplants) to vigor.

Too little light causes them to stretch (become elongated) and to grow pale. The opposite has happened here.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 25, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Maybe its the other way around then, it has received enough light it needs then, so it has no need to make the bloomstalk longer.

My paperwhites did make longer bloomstalks, but it did not go pale. I certainly do not use artificial light here either, just whatever our west facing window allows in. And I do not submerge my bulbs in water, they just sit on top of the water gel beads and rocks. I have since moved them outdoors, nicely coming back around late Fall or in early Spring.
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jmorth
Jan 29, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Maybe it was quite late in the season to force? like spring?

There's a sure fire way to keep paperwhites short if they're grown in water. Here's the link -
https://garden.org/ideas/view/... - this really works.

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