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Tuberose, The Pearl

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Exceptionally sweet-smelling.

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Known only in cultivation, Polianthes tuberosa has exceptionally sweet-smelling waxy white funnel-shaped 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" flowers that are borne on spikes that rise to 3' in late summer. It's superb for cut flower arrangements. Space 6-8" apart. Grows best in full sun and is hardy in zones 7-11. No serious disease or pest problems.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How Plant

Planting in the Garden:

  • Plant bulbs outside after all danger of frost has passed and daytime temperatures remain above 70 degrees.
  • Select a sunny site or container with good drainage protected from wind.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each bulb large enough to amply accommodate the bulb, plant 3 inches deep and 6 inches apart with the pointy side up.
  • Firm gently and water.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Tuberoses are hardy in zones 7 or 8-10, but need to be dug up and stored over the winter in cooler zones. In the fall before frost or when the foliage begins to die back, dig up the bulbs with the soil and tops clinging to them. Cut the foliage to about 2-3 inches from the bulb and allow to dry in a warm location with good air circulation for 4-7 days. Store bulbs at about 50-60 degrees F. Plant again in spring.
  • Flowers are exceptionally fragrant and good for cutting. Cut when there are 2-4 open blooms per spike.
  • May also be grown as a house plant.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
White
Tuberose, The Pearl is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I bought several bulbs.....2 sprouted.....none bloomed
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful flower I bought this Turberose in April and it started blooming from August, i like the fragrance of it. Wish i buy more of this tuberose next time. I am very Happy with this Easy growing plant. Thanks to Burpee.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed in that the bulbs didn't bloom. just a bunch of leaves
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still hasn't bloomed I bought three bulbs last year and planted them in fresh soil at once. They sprouted and grew but did not bloom. This year, new foliage came up in spring; it is late summer and I now once again have a thick clump of leaves, but no sign of bloom. Seems like they ought to perform in this climate (Austin, Texas). Very disappointing so far.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How about five stars? Last year I planted 3 bulbs, one came up, wilted and died. This year, however, I have five growing... yay!! I find if you have patience wonderful things happen. Or, as my sister says, "The harvest is hers in due season." All my flowering bulbs, trees and shrubs didn't flower until the second year. Don't give up:)
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't grow! I planted these bulbs in late April/early May along with about 10 bulbs from other lilllies, cannas, etc. All of the bulbs grew except these!
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No growth I planted exactly as indicated but nothing grew or sprouted. I was disappointed as they would have been beautiful if they grew.
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed These look so pretty in the picture but mine never bloomed either. I planted them in my garden and nothing ever happened.
Date published: 2010-05-16
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