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POLIANTHES tuberosa

Commonly known as Tuberose

Mexican bulb producing spikes of creamy-white heavily scented flowers. Best grown as a pot plant for the greenhouse or conservatory
Further Reading....

 

  • White
  • Height - 1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread - 15cm (6in)
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - tuberous perennial with semi-erect, linear leaves to 45cm (18in) long in a basal rosette. Funnel-shaped, waxy flowers to 5cm (2in) long with 6 widely-flared lobes.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F) - use loam-based compost (JI No. 2) in full light.
  • Full sun - outdoors lift before first frosts.
  • Additional Features - Exotic plants
  • Good to know - cultivated for the perfume and floristry trade. Cut flowers last well.
  • Pests & Diseases - prone to viruses
  • Place of origin - origin unknown. Species is found in Mexico and Texas.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - outdoors, moderately fertile...
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1.2m (4ft)
Herbaceous - guide for size not form Watering Can
  15cm (6in)
 

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