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Name: Julie
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JulieB
Dec 13, 2013 12:27 AM CST
...in Zone 9? Can I plant these two cuties right now or should I wait for spring? If I should wait, how do they want to be kept? Chilled? Thx!
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jmorth
Dec 13, 2013 7:14 AM CST
Info from Old House Gardens -
'In the SOUTH, you can bloom them successfully in the ground, where singles tend to do better and bloom earlier. Plant bulbs in early summer, in a hot, sunny spot with well-drained soil, 4-8 inches apart with about 2 inches of soil over their tips. Water once but unless it’s very dry wait till leaves emerge before watering again. Then keep soil moist and fertilize regularly. Tuberoses need LOTS OF SUN, CONSTANTLY MOIST SOIL, and PLENTY OF NUTRITION to do their best.
WINTER CARE — In zones 9 and warmer (lows to 20° F), tuberoses can be left in the ground year-round. Elsewhere keep them growing as long as you can in the fall but eventually reduce watering till the foliage dries up or there’s a hard frost. Dig and store as glads (see above; no need for a fungicide dip), or dry and store them right in their pot.
In the spring, dump out the rhizomes. Each will have produced a cluster of daughter bulbs. Experts say that once a tuberose bulb blooms, it won’t bloom again, but any of the daughter bulbs that have reached the size of your thumb or so will bloom, and often smaller ones will, too. So add new soil to your pot and either replant the whole clustered bulb-clump or break off the largest daughter bulbs and replant only them.
An even simpler way that works well for us is to just leave the rhizomes right in their pot the second year and water and feed them heavily through the summer. However, by the third year they will have grown too crowded and you must repot. No matter what you do, regular fertilizing is always important to assure re-bloom
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gingin
Dec 13, 2013 3:08 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Julie, from the Florida panhandle. Glad you enjoyed my post about dogs and gardening Smiling
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Name: Julie
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JulieB
Dec 13, 2013 9:30 PM CST
Thank you for your quick response!

I should have asked the same question about the Blue Ginger & Hawaiian Bamboo Orchid the "kids" brought back from Hawaii: I'm assuming I should wait until spring to plant these too? (Please forgive me if this is a new question & I should ask it anew.) Spring here in the high desert of Zone 9 being, like, February?

Do I keep these bulbs chilled or just dry until spring? I'm figuring they don't need or want to be chilled but I'm certain someone out there knows fer sure!

Again, thanks! And yes gingin, I enjoyed your writing on gardening w dogs very much!
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jmorth
Dec 13, 2013 10:43 PM CST
Keep em dry, they're summer bulbs needing no chill.
My experience w/ any gingers was raising them in a big pot overwintered dry in the basement. No knowledge of Hawaiian Bamboo Orchid.
And, by the way, Welcome to the site.
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Dec 17, 2013 12:00 PM CST
@JulieB Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
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