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Polianthes tuberosa is a night blooming plant native to Mexico. It is majorly used for its scent in perfume preparation. Polianthes tuberosa evergreen is a beautiful indoor plant which requires bare minimum maintenance. Its ease of use makes it a preferred plant for indoor landscaping in offices and homes.
Polianthes tuberosa is derived from Latin tuberosa which means swollen or
tuberous in the root system. It belongs to the family Asteraceae. This plant is
the native to Mexico.
The plant requires low maintenance. Care should be taken in storing of
rhizomes as they are easily by weather changes.
The plant grows elongated spikes upon cm long producing cluster of flowers.
The tubular flowers grow up to 2.5 to 5 cm long occurring in pairs up to 30
Bright light is required for the initial flower growth. It grows best with at least
five to six hours of sunlight each day. It will need the equivalent of 16 hours
per day of natural light. Place the plant is such a location where it receives
ample of indirect sunlight
As the plant prefers partial sunlight the water needs are also moderate.
Don't over water the aglaonema as it would cause root rot.
In case the plant receives low light then let the soil dry out completely before
watering the plant
Water Polianthes tuberosa when the top 1 to 3cm (0.5-1 inch) of the potting
mixture just begins to feel dry to the touch.
Polianthes tuberosa grows in fertile and well-drained moist soil.
Avoid repotting of the plant as mostly the plant loves condensed pots.
A well draining granular textured soil would also work for the plant.
Polianthes tuberosa is slow-growing, summer-flowering bulbs that need four
to five months of warm weather and abundant moisture to bloom. In the
tropical climate, flowers can appear anytime from spring through fall.
Polianthes tuberosa flourishes with generous feeding during the active growth
phase. Add complete plant food once growth first appears and repeat
fertilizing every 4-6 weeks.
Phosphorous and gibberellic acid are the important fertilizer components
needed for this plant.
Check the plant at times to know the amount of feeding required by the plant.
This plant is used as an essential oil for its medicinal benefits. It eliminates bad
odor, reduces inflammation and anxiety, and increases blood circulation, for
skin treatments and for preparation of perfumes.
Polianthes tuberosa is used as cut flowers, feature plant or mixed border.
Place the plants near patios, walks, decks or other living space so that the
fragrant flowers may be enjoyed to the fullest. In gardens, these flowers will
They are not particularly affected by pests or diseases. But protection
Polianthes tuberosa from snails and slugs, common pests.
You can get rid of them by using spraying organic pesticides or by applying
rubbing alcohol twice a week.