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Re: Tulbaghia [society island garlic]

Although I have not grown these myself, they are widely used here in hot,
drought-tolerant gardens so that may provide a clue to what they like.
--Barbara Tandy, California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 5:19 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tulbaghia [society island garlic]

> I have two pots of Society Garlic which I have brought inside for the
> second winter.  I don't think that they bloomed last summer.  They are
> doing ok in a west window with light watering.  Maybe they need a dry
> period to bloom, but I really don't know.  My plants are variegated, so
> the leaves are nice to look at, but I'd like to have the bloom as well.
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Island Jim
> Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:32 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tulbaghia [society island garlic]
> wish i could help, kitty, but i can't. i'm still trying to figure this
> puppy out myself. i had mine under nightly irrigation and finally
> decided
> that was not doing it. your message confirms that. i moved mine, which
> are
> containerized [big name for in pots] into a no-irrigation area and they
> have responded.
> at least for now
> At 06:17 PM 1/31/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >Tulbaghia fragrans, aka Society Garlic.I've had these bulbs a couple of
> >years and have planted them outside in summer to soak up lots of
> sunshine
> >and nutrients.  Unfortunately, no flowers those years.  I pot them up
> and
> >put in garage over winter along with agapanthus (no flower either) and
> >amaryllis (hippeastrum).  Last night I cleaned off some of the ded
> leaves
> >from the various containers an, lo and behold, the Tulbaghia was
> >blooming.  Soil was dry as a bone; plant had just a couple of green lvs
> >left, but 3 long stems of nice sized flowerheads.  I quickly brought it
> >in and watered it.  The fragrance is wonderful.   So. What now?  I
> >thought these puppies were supposed to bloom sometime from May to
> >October.  Should I keep it in the warm house and start feeding or put
> it
> >back in the garage when it's done blooming? Kitty
> >
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