I have had these for several years and they do bloom. I dug them up thinking that there might be weeds creating a problem. What should I do with the...
What is going on with my tuberose #816951
Asked November 27, 2022, 3:21 PM EST
I have had these for several years and they do bloom. I dug them up thinking that there might be weeds creating a problem. What should I do with these if I want to get them to bloom?
I appreciate your help.
Anne Arundel CountyMaryland
Tuberose are native to Mexico and need long periods of warm weather in order to flower. They are considered tender bulbs, and while they may live here with winter protection, our warm weather may not be long enough for them to thrive and produce flowers regularly. It could also be that older bulbs had died off and you have primarily new, younger offsets which do not bloom in their first year.
In our area in order to grow them to bloom successfully people dig tubers in the fall and store them in a dry, warm place for the winter, and then pot them up in early spring and move them outdoors to a sunny location after our last frost, which is usually around Mother's Day in May.
This work is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.