Tall, heavily fragrant and studded with lush white petals, the tuberose plant is native to Central America. While it's best suited to warm weather, tuberose can grow successfully in cooler climates as long as it has plenty of sun. Potted tuberose can be grown indoors or out; whichever location you choose, provide your plant with regular sun, water and warmth. Plant tuberose after the last frost and expect blooms in mid- to late summer.
Things You'll Need
- Tuberose bulbs
- Pots with drainage holes
- High-quality potting soil
Choose a pot with good drainage holes and fill with high-quality, well-drained soil.
Place tuberose bulbs on top of soil in pots, spaced about 8 to 10 inches apart, and add an additional 2 to 3 inches of potting soil to the top.
Water the bulbs, soaking the soil. After the initial soaking, water the tuberose when the soil begins to feel dry.
Place the pots in full sun. Tuberose grows best with at least five to six hours of sunlight each day.
Expect your tuberose bulbs to flower about 90 to 120 days after planting.
Consider adding a plant support if the tuberose gets too heavy after bloom stalks form.
Feed your tuberose regularly with an 8-8-8 fertilizer during the active growing phase.
Tips & Warnings
- To bring the enchanting fragrance of tuberose into your home, float a few flowers in a bowl of water or cut stems to create a bouquet. When the blooming season has ended, wait to cut them off until late in the season when tuberose leaves have yellowed; leaving them in place for some time will allow the leaves to collect sunlight to be used to feed next season's blooms. To care for your tuberose bulbs in the winter, dig them up after foliage dries out or after the first frost arrives; allow to air-dry in the sun for about a week and store in a paper bag or box with peat moss in a cool location. After a tuberose bulb has bloomed, it rarely blooms again; during winter storage, however, it will produce a number of daughter bulbs that can be planted the following season.
- Tuberose bulbs are prone to rotting, so do not let them become waterlogged.
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