Tulbaghia 

 

I like to grow Tulbaghia. These South African bulbous plants flower well from the end of May till in October without much problems. There are over 25 species, ranging from small (10 cm) plants till the larger Tulbaghia with flowers up to 75 cm high. Most Tulbaghia plants are grown in pots and enlarge year after year. In the winter time our pots with Tulbaghia are placed inside a shed and are kept frostfree. In March most plants are repotted with normal soil (part chicken grit) in larger pots or divided over several pots.In April we start watering and early May pots with Tulbaghia are placed outside in full sunshine. Usually at the end of May the first flowerbuds of Tulbaghia open up. Every 2 weeks we fertilize our plants with 12-10-18 (N-P-K) till August. 

In England Mr. D. Fenwick has collected, grown and taken pictures of many South African bulbs and bulbous plants for years. His website 'The African Garden' shows a lot of information about these bulbs.

Since 2007, Mrs. E. Powney from Wales holds the Nationional Collection of Tulbaghia. She continues to collect, grow and describe Tulbaghia in the way Mr. Fenwick has done. For everyone who wants to know about the species, cultivation and everything you want to know of Tulbaghia please visit her website  'www.tulbaghia.com'.

 

Tulbaghia species and cultivars.

 

 

 

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Tulbaghia violacea

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Tulbaghia ludwigiana (yellow)

 

 

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Tulbaghia leucantha

 

 

 

 

 

Tulbaghia montana

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Tulbaghia coddii

 

 

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Tulbaghia violacea

   
     
     
     

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulbaghia Enya Tulbaghia Gaita Tulbaghia Limia
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulbaghia Moya

 Tulbaghia Otterlo Follies Tulbaghia Sandra 

 

 

Interspecific hybrids of Tulbaghia.

Most Tulbaghia species do cross freely if plants flower next to one another . For 10-15 years seeds have been collected and sown on the same day. Germination of Tulbaghia seeds usually takes a 2-4 weeks. Plants from these seeds have to grow in pots for 2-3 years at our nursery before plants start to flower. By comparing new plants we do select our Tulbaghia. It takes some years before the size, colour and number of flowers per season is known so selction takes several years. New seedlings of Tulbaghia multiply slowly but surely. It usually takes 10-12 years before there is enough stock of a new cultivar.