Polianthes tuberosa

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 05:31:49 PDT
The comments by folks, particularly Leo and Jim McK., show why my 
Polianthes bloomed only sporadically at best!  Back when I grew them, any 
plants I grew either had to be hardy outdoors in the ground here in central 
Indiana or they had to survive dry winter storage, often just barely above 
freezing.  My Polianthes had to endure dry storage in winter.  They would 
clearly have been much better off in a greenhouse.  If I recall correctly, 
under my conditions they did produce huge numbers of tiny offshoots.

Jim Shields

At 08:41 PM 4/24/2011 -0400, you wrote:
>Polianthes tuberosa is not reliably hardy here in zone 7 Maryland unless 
>very carefully sited (i.e. next to a sunny wall). But that position is not 
>really a good choice for this plant because it's likely to be in the rain 
>shadow of the house and the tuberose responds very well to copious water.
>Jim McKenney

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