Fragrant flowers forum: Polianthes tuberosa - reluctant grower

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derby uk.
May 26, 2016 6:54 AM CST

i bought 3 of these plants early last year. last year they hardly grew, id potted them and grew them outside which on reflection possibly wasnt the best way here in the uk. i gather they need warmth to get them going.

so this year ive got them inside, in my porch, which keeps warm all the time, and hot in the sun.

but they are still struggling to grow, with only a couple of small leaves showing , like last year, - what am i doing wrong?

Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Jun 6, 2016 11:55 AM CST
I'm in zone 7a so I can only speak to that. Mine are over-wintered indoors...which equates to I 'sprinkle' some water on the pot maybe 1x/month. Once March rolls around I start watering...if I think about it, I water with fish emulsion and/or sea kelp...if I don't think about it I definitely do come April. Come May the pot gets placed back outside...gradually hardening off to full sun. If the mama in your cluster isn't big enough she won't bloom...sometimes it takes it growing a couple of years if you received a juvenile one. They like sun, heat, and food. Hope this helps a little.
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