Tuberosa Polianthes - Knowledgebase Question

Vincentown, NJ
Question by edknives
October 31, 1999
Hi:
Each year I plant from 50 to 100 Tuberosas, but each year only 1 in 10 might get a bloom on it. Foliage is great and I get small bulbs (tubers ?) growing on the mother each year. I have planted them with the new bulbs taken off the mother and also left on the mother. It didn't seem to make any difference as far as blooming was concerned. Some questions I need answered: (1) Do I plant the "mother" with or without the babies attached? (2) Does the mother only bloom once and that's it? (3) Must I fertilize and with what? (4) When I pull them up in the late fall, do I leave the new bulbs on?
I MUST be doing something wrong and I don't know what. I DO KNOW I should be getting more blooms for the work I'm putting into them. I've got to know the WHOLE story or I'm just not going to bother planting them anymore. The few blooms I get are wonderful. Can you help get me educated? I'm tired of trying to guess what I should be doing.


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 1999

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any damage which might cause rot during storage. In
either case, let them dry thoroughly before storage and keep
them dry until they are replanted.

If washed, store them in a cardboard box or paper bag in
layers covered with sand or peat moss so that they don't
touch. Keep the package in a dark place with good air
circulation at about 60 degrees. If they are still encased in
dry soil, add enough filler as needed to ensure they don't
touch and store a bit cooler.

I hope this helps!


any damage which might cause rot during storage. In
either case, let them dry thoroughly before storage and keep
them dry until they are replanted.

If washed, store them in a cardboard box or paper bag in
layers covered with sand or peat moss so that they don't
touch. Keep the package in a dark place with good air
circulation at about 60 degrees. If they are still encased in
dry soil, add enough filler as needed to ensure they don't
touch and store a bit cooler.

I hope this helps!


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