Here's a fun holiday addition! Fragrant Paperwhites are tender Narcissus bulbs for forcing indoors in a pot of gravel in our colder climate.
Place bulbs in dishes or bowls filled with gravel, marbles or other decorative support material. Add water to a level just at the base of the bulbs. Keep in a bright but cool (60-65 degrees F) location. Within a week, roots form and stretch into the water and a green shoot about 1/2 in. long appears at the top. White fragrant flowers usually open up with in 2-3 weeks of planting.
Paperwhite bulbs are available NOW at $1.49 each or you can purchase potted bulbs (about 5 per pot) already in bloom for $9.99.
A common issue is the stems and leaves flop over just as the blooms open. By replacing your watering solution with a 5% alcohol solution (mix 1 part isopropyl alcohol with 10 parts water), you will keep the stems and foliage at 1/3 to 1/2 shorter than normal without affecting the flowers. This prevents flopping but don't do this if you have pets who may drink the water!