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I purchased blooming paperwhites before Christmas. The blooms have died, but the plant is still green. What do I need to do to save the plant/bulb? I live in central Florida, but still get some freezing temps. My yard is mostly shady with a lot of oak trees. Can I plant them outside after the danger of freeze, or can they stay in a pot like I do my amaryllis?

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Answered on February 21, 2011

Leave it in the pot for now and do not trim the green leaves. They need them to build up energy for next year's blossoms. When it is warmer, you can plant them outside, but in order for them to rebloom, they must get 6+ weeks of temps below 45F. If they will not get that outside, you will need to dig them up each year and store them in places where they will get that, like a fridge.

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Answered on February 21, 2011

If I want to save them to force next year, can I put them in the refrigerator until next winter?

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