This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The beautiful and delicate tuberose requires no encomiums from any pen; its popularity is insured forever. Other flowers may fade in the estimation of Flora's devotees, but the tuberose never.
As all amateurs know, a tuberose blooms but once; the bulb then gives birth to a number of small bulbs, which, with two years of good culture, will produce good flowering bulbs. A departure from this rule of blooming but once has very seldom been chronicled, and will be received with doubt by cultivators in general; but be this as it may, I would only give them my experience, and leave them to judge.
In May, 1876, I planted a number of tuberose bulbs from a well-known firm. These bulbs all grew and flowered finely. After flowering I removed the bulbs and placed them in a box of fine loam, in which they remained until May,, 1877, when they were set out in a corner of the garden for ,the small bulbs to perfect their growth. In July I noticed flower buds on one; in August it was in bloom. The last of September flower buds appeared on another; it is now over a foot high, with a number of buds ready to open. The old bulbs must have bloomed a second time, or the young bulbs, which were only an eighth of an inch in diameter, made a wonderful growth and bloomed in a single season. If the latter was the case, the old bulb decayed entirely; as on examination there were no signs of any but the one in bloom ever having existed. I did not remove the parent bulb in planting, but planted it surrounded as it was by four or five small bulbs. Can any one say whether the bloom was from the old bulb, or a young one of this season's growth?