have a great tuberose border but we haven't had a flower in two
years. Pre-Christmas - probably a good while before - my husband
lifted the bulbs and found minute worms on them. We gave them all
a good rinse and planted them in a new position. They are extremely
healthy looking but I would like them to flower.
bulbs should be lifted annually, and split up. The large older tubers
should be discarded, as they only flower once. Replant the side
The small worms could
be nematodes, a very small soil insect that can cause a lot of problems
with roots and bulbs. Try planting marigolds to ward off the pests.
Next time you lift the bulbs, you may want to treat the soil with
Gardener, Issue 119, 2003, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from Weekend Gardener
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