tuberose, how long to come up?

irun5kApril 6, 2013

Hi all,

It has been at least a couple weeks since I put some tuberose bulbs into the ground, and I've yet to see any sign of them breaking ground.

Now I am second guessing myself, did I do something silly and put them upside down? I know which way they go, but maybe I wasn't paying attention.

When is it time to go digging? This spring in FL has been unusually cool especially given the warm winter. We haven't broken 80 too many days. Perhaps that is a factor?

Thanks,
Brian

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dl99(4)

Hello Brian,

Tuberose is one of my favorite bulbs. I grow them in pots (zone 4). I plant them in april, give them a drench of water and leave them be.
I introduce them to the sun as often as I can. When I see green shoots, I resume watering.

They can take full sun( even afternoon sun).

Do not water often, as long as the ground is moist it is ok.

By the way, is it the single or double variety you are growing?
Keep us posted on the progress.

Good luck.
Devi.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 9:59AM
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roseyd(6)

Talking tuberose bulbs and pots - so, I ordered 3 double bulbs - when should I put them in a pot? and what size pot and should they all be in the same pot together? or should they have different pots to keep their roots seperate? :)

I gather I should be putting them in dirt soon if I'll have any hope of seeing blooms before august, right?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:08AM
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irun5k

Hi Devi,

If I recall, I ordered the doubles. I ordered them from Burpee and was pretty surprised at how large they were. Each "bulb" was actually a huge cluster.

How long does it take yours to show visible green sprouts after putting them in the ground?

Thank you
Brian

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 8:55PM
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dl99(4)

Hello rosey,
you are in zone 6, so it must be 50 outside? You can pot them up and leave them in a warm place. If it is 60 +, you can leave them outside. They will multiply , as Brian mentioned, small clumps of bulbs. I plant them in planters that are similar to window boxes, so they stay there for 2-3 yrs. if they are rootbound, they will decrease flowering.

yes about July, Aug they will bloom.

Brian , I see shoots in about 2-3 weeks, once it starts, it is pretty quick, in about 2 months, it will flower. The single is more fragrant and reliable than the double.

Hope this helps, Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:02PM
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irun5k

Thanks, I returned from a trip this week to find that a couple of the bulbs have finally broken ground! Took longer than I thought but then again this spring has been a lot cooler than usual here in FL.

The real heat that gets the tropicals going was late to arrive... but I should be happy about the electric bill I suppose :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 9:41PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Ok, hello everyone and I too have jumped on the ban wagon!lol

What I would like to know is how you over winter them that can guarantee they come back again the following spring?

Does one wait until the frost kills the top growth and then store the bulbs an easy way?
Would you just leave them in the pot and water as usual when the soil dries out even though they die back?
Do you let the bulbs and mix go completely dry until it's time for them to be taken outside again in spring?
Does one wash all the mix off in the fall and then store the bulbs in a bag and then repot in spring again?

Sorry for so many questions:-)

Mike

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 7:53PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Ok, hello everyone and I too have jumped on the ban wagon!lol

What I would like to know is how you over winter them that can guarantee they come back again the following spring?

Does one wait until the frost kills the top growth and then store the bulbs an easy way?
Would you just leave them in the pot and water as usual when the soil dries out even though they die back?
Do you let the bulbs and mix go completely dry until it's time for them to be taken outside again in spring?
Does one wash all the mix off in the fall and then store the bulbs in a bag and then repot in spring again?

Sorry for so many questions:-)

Mike

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 7:59PM
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mrlike2u(**)

Mike.... Has somebody broken into your GW account again ?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 3:39AM
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roseyd(6)

Mike, if you keep them in pots, you don't have to take the bulbs out to clean them. I think you just need to put them into a cooler dark room and let them hibernate.

For putting them in ground - since they're zoned 10? ... when you see them starting to die back, don't let them sit through the frost in ground. trim the leaves off and bring them indoors (cool and dark) - easy, right? :)

Wes! Buddy! it's been a LONG time since I've seen you around here! Are your succulents keeping you so busy you forgot our smelly forum? :)

Mike, I forgot to write down the name of that mulch product you showed me yesterday - could you take a pic of the bag and txt me it? I'm wondering if I can find it around this way so I don't have to ransack you of all your supplies.

I still haven't put my tuberoses in pots. I'm a bit space deprived right now, I think I suffer from eye 'want' syndrome - the eye sees and wants something - so I buy it; then find I don't know where to put them.

My bulb died in my 2 foot fixture this morning and I couldn't find the replacement on amazon. I'm worried about my table full of orchids/gardenias/jasmines not getting their supplimental lighting while I'm searching the replacement bulb.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:04PM
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mrlike2u(**)

Good guess Rosey LOL nope the succulents aren't the culprit of tying up my time. It was just the honey-bell, thing looked totally exhausted although the oranges where yummy. Will just have to watch the canopy come back for now

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 5:18PM
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irun5k

I know everyone was losing sleep over this, so let your mind be trouble no longer... all my bulbs have broke ground and are accounted for :)

It took much longer than I expected. Not sure if this is normal or not. But they look good now and I have some pretty big clumps of green sprouts. Looking forward to seeing/smelling what happens...

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 10:10AM
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roseyd(6)

irun,

so how long did it take? I just put my bulbs in dirt this past saturday, and I have them under growlights - but, I'm wondering how many weeks it took before I'll see life.

I saw the first of the shasta seeds sprouting, this morning - so, interesting how the different germination times are for plants. Shasta daisies in less than a week, planted beside heirloom daisies that still show no life. And, that seeds have such a quick germination compared to bulbs. I wonder how long it'll take for the double anemonies to show themselves.

It's a beautiful day, folks. Amazing what sunlight and 70 degrees can do for one's psyche.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:21PM
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