null

Contact Us

  • Soderberg's Floral and Gift
  • (612) 724-3606
  • 3305 East Lake Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    United States
    Mon - Fri: 8AM to 6:30PM
    Sat: 8AM to 4PM
    Sun: 10AM to 3PM

About us

soderberg-floral-gift

Soderberg's Floral and Gift, a local Minneapolis florist has served the Minneapolis area since 1925. Soderberg's Floral reputation is built on its dedication to customer service, quality and value. Soderberg's Floral and Gift is ready to help you send the freshest, most beautiful flowers in Minneapolis.

Soderberg's Floral and Gift offers hundreds of special occasion floral arrangements. Send birthday or anniversary greetings, get well wishes or let someone special know you're thinking of them! The professional floral designers at Soderberg's Floral and Gift specialize in creating memorable wedding flowers, touching sympathy displays and custom floral centerpieces for a wide range of special events.

Soderberg's Floral and Gift delivers exceptional live flowering and non-flowering plants year-round. Send a lovely live gift by itself or in an elegant European-style dish garden. Our flowering plants are delivered in full bloom and are guaranteed to be healthy upon receipt. You can also count on Soderberg's Floral and Gift for all of your seasonal flower needs. Ask us to design a fresh, fragrant wreath any time of the year or browse our selection of silk and dried flowers!

Thank you for visiting our website!

How to Forece Paperwhite blubs by Soderberg's Floral and Gift

How to Forece Paperwhite blubs by Soderberg's Floral and Gift

29th Oct 2020

Paper whites (Narcissus papyraceus, a sub-species of Narcissus tazetta) are popular indoor plants for winter and the holiday season. Unlike other narcissus, paper whites don't require a chilling period, so forcing them is as easy as putting the bulbs in water and waiting. The fragrant flowers bloom within about 3 weeks of planting, for almost instant gratification.

How to Force Paper Whites

Paper whites are the original “Just Add Water” plant. While paperwhite bulbs can be planted in soil, more commonly they are grown in pots or dishes with some stones or marbles to anchor them in place and a little water.

  1. Select a container that is about 3 - 4 inches deep (8 - 10 cm) and that has no drainage holes.
  2. Spread an inch or 2 of stones, marbles or even gravel, along the bottom of the container.
  3. Position your paper white bulbs, pointed end up, on top of the stone layer. Go ahead and squeeze them in. They not only look better in a large group, the tight fit will help keep them from toppling over.
  4. Add another layer of stones to fill in any gaps and cover the bulbs up to their shoulders. The pointed tips should still be showing.
  5. Add water so that the level just reaches the base of the bulbs. Allowing the bottom of the bulb to sit in water will stimulate growth. Covering the entire bulb with water could cause it to rot.
  6. The bulbs don’t need light at this point and they prefer to be kept on the cool side, at about 65 degrees F (18 degrees C.)
  7. Check your bulbs daily to see if they need more water.
  8. When you see roots developing, move the container to a sunny window. The sunnier the better, but try not to let them get too warm or they’ll grow leggy.
  9. Once the plants flower, they will last longer if moved out of direct sunlight, to a cool spot with indirect or diffused light.

You can start pots of paper whites every couple of weeks, for a continuous display throughout the winter.

How to Stunt Paperwhites with Alcohol

  1. Pot your paperwhites in stones and water, as you normally would.
  2. Once the roots begin growing and the green shoot on top reaches about 1-2", pour off the existing water.
  3. Replace the water with a solution of 4 - 6% alcohol, as described below.
  4. Continue to use the alcohol solution for future watering.

You should see results in a few days.

How to Make the Alcohol Watering Solution

  • The alcohol content needs to be less than 10%, or your plants will overdose and severe growth problems will occur. Many liquors are only labeled as "proof", not percentage of alcohol. Don’t confuse the two. To determine what percentage alcohol you have, divide the proof in half, So an 86 proof bourbon is 43% alcohol.
  • You can use any hard liquor (vodka, tequila, whiskey...) or rubbing alcohol. Don’t use wine or beer because they are too high in sugar.
  • Check the bottle for the percentage alcohol.
  • You will have to do some math to get the different concentrations of alcohol down to 4-6%.

    To convert your booze to 5% alcohol, just divide the percentage alcohol by 5 and then subtract 1. That will tell you how many parts water to mix with your 1 part alcohol. Ex: 40 divided by 5 = 8: 8 minus 1 = 7... 7 parts water to 1 part alcohol.

    Or simply use this chart:

    Convert Existing Alcohol to a 5% Solution for Watering


    10% Alcohol = 1 Part Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    15% Alcohol = 2 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    20% Alcohol = 3 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    25% Alcohol = 4 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    30% Alcohol = 5 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    35% Alcohol = 6 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol
    40% Alcohol = 7 Parts Water to 1 Part Alcohol

    And so on.