Tuberoses in the garden

My tuberoses have started blooming in the garden this week.

I actually smelled them before I saw them, which is not surprising since tuberoses are one of the most fragrant flowers you can grow.  They produce so much fragrance that farmers plant fields of them that they sell to perfume makers. The sweet scent is most noticeable in the evening.

They require very little care and don’t mind being neglected for a while.

The grassy-looking leaves on tuberoses are not particularly eye-catching so, you can’t count on the foliage to make a dramatic impact in the landscape. It’s all about the flowers and their aroma. They make excellent cut flowers.

The individual flowers measure about one inch across.

The individual flowers measure about one and a half inches across.

You can save tuberoses by digging them up before frost. Keep them warm in storage –above 50 degrees F — and dry over winter.

Tuberoses don’t tolerate cold temperatures at all so, next spring, you’ll have to wait until the soil warms up to plant them.  Because it took so long for the soil to get warm this season, I planted mine around the beginning of June.

By digging and saving your tuberoses each season, you can rather quickly buildup a large collection of tubers to plant in your garden.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.