Paperwhites arrive at Countryside Gardens. Here’s a tip if your paperwhites have grown too tall in the past, place the paperwhites like you normally do in water and pebbles. Wait until the roots start growing and the shoots are an inch or two tall. Pour off the water and give the plant a 4 to 6% solution of alcohol. How much is 4-6 percent? Vodka, whiskey, gin, rum etc. is usually 80 proof or 40% alcohol. Mix 1 to 7 parts of water and you have a 5% solution. If you don’t have spirits in your home, you can use rubbing alcohol cut with 10-11 parts water.