The Tuberose is a lovely, floral-scented blossom that is regarded as one of the most fragrant flowers. Gorgeous blooms on stalks that grow up to 4 inches tall, there is a reason why they are so popular among florists. Tuberoses are native to Mexico and are suited to warm climates, but can grow just as well in cooler regions with sunny spots!
Where to Plant
- Tuberoses typically bloom from mid to late summer (around 90-120 days after planting)
- Hardiness in Zones 9-11
- Best planted outdoors in early spring
How to Grow
- Outdoor Landscape Planting - Find a place where your plants will receive plenty of sun and well-drained soil. Plant the bulbs 8-10 inches apart with 2-3 inches of soil above the top.
- Container Planting - Begin with a good-quality, well-drained potting soil and containers with suitable draining holes. Plant the bulbs 8-10 inches apart with 2-3 inches of soil above the top.
- It is important to water the soil thoroughly after planting. Soak the soil to settle it around the bulbs.
- Water regularly during active growth if there is no rain (around 1-1.5 inches of total water per week is a decent estimate)
- Apply a balanced fertilizer each month while they are actively growing.
- After blooming has finished, leave the foliage in place. The leaves will gather sunlight to create food through photosynthesis which will strengthen the bulbs for the future.
- When leaves turn yellow and die later in the season, remove the dry foliage.
- Let your Tuberose rest for a few months in dormancy before you begin the next growing cycle.
- Make sure that your containers have adequate draining holes
- Tuberose are heavy feeders so make sure to fertilize
- Improve drainage and start your plants healthy by using ground bark, decomposed manure, or compost.
- Cut the stems for a wonderfully fragrant bouquet. Snipping the stems will promote the production of new flower spikes!
- Weekly deep watering is more effective than lighter drinks every day or two.