(This is a pic from this morning of one of the paperwhites that got started last week.)
Last year I followed the directions from Cornell about adding alcohol to the water that paperwhites are forced in to help keep them from getting too leggy. It worked (comparison of gin and no-gin post here) – usually I have to stake every single paperwhite bulb but not last year, which was really nice.
If you started your bulbs last week like I did, now’s the time for giving them a drink – you don’t have to use Tanqueray No. 10…Beefeater will work just as well. In fact, the paper says if you’re in a pinch you could even use rubbing alcohol.