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Tulbaghia - wow!

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,551

I can't believe how good the Tulbaghia violacea plants have been at Bristol Botanic Garden. From my first visit in June through to mid November, they have always been looking fresh and blooming their hearts out. They are supposedly a bit tender though - has anyone tried overwintering them outdoors? Are there any good hardy varieties available?



  • I did and it didn't survive, so they obviously need protection. Haven't seen one to buy again in my area though.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    They have a wonderful display of them at Bodnant Gardens. Tried them from seeds, but never managed to overwinter the plants. I think that established ones need to be kept dry and frost free over winter.

    There are between 26 and 29 species listed. South African in origin.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,838

    I love these plants and had some in my sheltered front bed for 3 seasons where they were well drained and sheltered from prevailing winds.  They did fine for 2 winters with plenty of snow and -10C in full sun but didn't like the following very cold winter with less snow for insulation.  

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527

    I have these in my garden.

    I don't do anything special for them.If we get a frost all the foliage goes and there is a strong smell of onions in the garden! (It belongs in the onion family).

    It always comes up the next year.

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Mine survive well over-winter in my gravel path on the  south facing wall of our house, they are still flowering now here in York.

    I did have them for several years on my sandy soil in the open garden but 2010 winters killed them off

    Anyone with a cold greenhouse can fork them out soil and all, and overwinter them in pots dec to march inside.

  • Best with very well drained soil and some protection over winter. The coarse roots get very congested in pots so give them plenty of space in loose soil if you want to split them. I used to keep them in pots close to the house (south facing) and the strong onion smell in mid winter when you opened the door was very noticeable. Need similar conditions to the more tender agapanthus.

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