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Growing Narcissus bulbs in a container is a time honored fall tradition. Bulbs will sprout, grow buds and blossom within 6-10 weeks of planting, providing you with a gorgeous show this holiday season.
p.s. There are tons of narcissus beyond paperwhites - experiment away!

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

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- 4 bulbs
- a container at least 8" wide and deep*
- soil to fill
- trowel (optional - go ahead and get your hands dirty!)
- moss or pebbles to cover the soil 
*make sure your container has at least one hole in the bottom to let water drain through
kathynv2 years ago
You say to "set it outside." Does it matter if the nighttime temperatures are below freezing? It's often in the forties as high temps this time of year (which is the week before Thanksgiving). I'd hate to have my garden become a gardensicle! Or do the bulbs need some period of cold before they bloom? Thanks so much.
StemandLeaf (author)  kathynv2 years ago
Hi -
If temps are below freezing, it would be better to grow the bulbs inside. Grow them in a cool area of your house (garage, basement etc) for the first week or so to get some roots growing. Then bring inside to a bright spot and watch the show! If you are planting paperwhites or similar narcissus, they don't need a winter chill. Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions!