Polianthes tuberosa 'The Pearl'
Hawaiian garland flower
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Flowering period: June to August
- Rate of Growth: average
- Hardiness: tender
If you like fragrant flowers you will absolutely love this plant. Pretty white waxy double blooms form in clusters on loose spikes, held on upright stems above slender green foliage throughout the summer, but, it is the glorious heady, sweet scent that it is known and grown for. Cut a few stems and the fragrance will fill your room, pass it in the garden and the perfume will be in toxicating. Easy to see why it is widely used in perfumes.
- Garden care: Plant the tubers 10cm deep and 20cm apart and keep under glass until all risk of frost has passed. It can take time for them to emerge but then you can then either plant them out in the border, or keep them in a pot for the conservatory or patio. Water moderately while they are in active growth and feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser (such as MiracleGro) at fortnightly intervals. As they die down, stop feeding, reduce the water and make sure the tubers are either lifted or the pots moved to frost-free conditions during the winter.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs