POLIANTHES or TUBEROSE

In the south these may occasionally do well in the open in sunny, sheltered positions, but they find the green- house more congenial. They require a rich soil of sandy loam, and for the open should be planted in March, 3 in. deep and 9 in. apart, and left till growth starts, when they may be watered. They can also be started in a frame. January is the popular time for planting the bulbs as they are then available from imported stock. Increase by offsets started in warmth. The bulb itself only flowers for one year. The white tubular flowers are richly scented but it must be admitted that the plant is often difficult to grow well in this country.

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