TENNESSEE TUBEROSES

Award Winning

"A blessing from the Lord"

Family grown in the heart of Middle Tennessee for over 100 years

View of our home from the tuberose field.
Single Mexican tuberose flower
Single Mexican tuberose flower
Purle with the double pearl
Double pearl

My Tuberose Journey

I moved to Gallatin Tn. in 1992. This is where my mom lived growing up as a child with her parents (The Marlers-papa and the Carters- mama). We as children visited our grandparents during the holidays and spent many days with them in the summers while school was out.

My mom’s parents the Marlers grew the tuberoses during the summer. This is where I came to know about the tuberoses as a child. During our summer visits it was our job to weed between the flowers during the day. When the tuberoses were in bloom we helped mama cut the tuberoses that she would sell the next morning in Gallatin and Nashville.

Thinking back

I remember mama putting the cut stems in the large metal milk canisters back then. I also remember down in the root cellar papa had dug out under there house is where he stored the bulbs for the winter.  

Little did I know about 30 years later I would begin my work with this flower and carry on what my grandparents and great grandparents had started here in Sumner county Tn. in the lil ole town of Gallatin. My mother Ruth Marie Marler Dyer and my brother Dan had grown these together during the years after our grandparents had passed on. So here comes Derek. And I took the 2-3 bushel baskets of bulbs they had been growing and never looked back. Praise God!

Polianthes Tuberosa
(Summer Perennial)

The tuberosa/tuberose flowers are one of the most fragrant flowers grown/cultivated in the world! This wonderful cut flower bears clusters of waxy, pure white florets (blooms) and is grown commercially in Europe as a source of perfume. Anyone growing tuberoses will be pleased with its beauty. For further information and a planting guide, please see our tuberose growing tips page.

The Planting of Tuberose Bulbs

I start thinking about the planting of our tuberose bulbs around March.  Lord willing. Once the weather cooperates. We go out to the field. And with weedeater in hand begin cutting down the tall grasses and weeds. Then I will get the tiller ready for the job ahead. I will go out to the field and till up an area for us to plant. I rake out all the grass and weeds and will till the ground a few more times to insure the soil is fluffed up.

By now I am getting excited about putting the string line out. As I take my strawberry hoe and run a furrow down the string line. Thats when my wife will start planting. She will plant the bulbs about 4″ apart and cover with some dirt. Once we get several 1,000 bulbs planted we will go back to the house. To be thankful for the day.

All that has to happen now is to wait on the Lord for His sun and showers. You will then witness the Glory of God. For the next three months as the tuberose sprouts, leaves, stems up and then blooms and the heavenly fragrance. Amen

My walk in the tuberose garden each day brings health and well being. To see all the beautiful plants growing. And what I will discover. The beauty of the stems and blooms rising up from the green foliage. I am still amazed at the wonder of it all. To see spider webs between the stems. Seeing the beautiful butterflies. I see a walking stick gracefully perched on a stem. Grasshopper nibbling on a leaf. And to see the hummingbirds darting in an out of the bright white flowers. It is a sight to behold. Thank you Lord.

My Wife and I and Purle treat our tuberoses as family. And thats how we will treat you (Our Customers) and the bulbs you receive from us and the service we provide to you. We ask you to take this walk yourself and share your experience with your family and friends. Our family thanks you very much. 

Customer Comments

Hi! The tuberoses I got from you were *AMAZING * this year! I can't even begin to state how much I have loved growing them. I'm in zone 7b/8a and they are in a raised bed. I think I'd like to dig them just to be sure they make it for next year. Should I wait until the first frost so that the foliage dies down, or should I dig them sooner (now?) The foliage is still gorgeous and they still have flower stalks. Thank you! Nathan Strange

For further information please contact: 

Tennessee Tuberoses
Derek & Sherry Dyer
294 Brazier Lane
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: (615)230-7071