Bundle together everything you need to grow -- and give -- paperwhites: bulbs, pebbles, and a decorative container. Choose a narrow glass vase to show off a single blossom or a wider container to hold a grouping of bulbs. When giving bulbs as a gift, don't forget to include instructions: Place bulbs an inch apart in pebbles, leaving the top third exposed. Add water until it touches the bottoms of the bulbs, and place them in a well-lit, cool spot until the shoots are 4 inches tall. Then, move them to a sunny windowsill, and water regularly. In 4 to 6 weeks, when flowers appear, move them out of direct sun to prolong bloom.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1996/1997