How to Care for the Glory Lily


Scientifically the glory lily is known as Gloriosa rothschildiana, with common names gloriousa lily, flame lily and glory lily. The plant is an exotic tropical that is native to the tropical areas in Africa and Asia. Glory lily has the ability to climb trellises and arbors and is hardy in USDA planting zones 7 through 11. The unusual lacy-leaved flower can bloom in orange and red to solid yellow. Glory lily can be grown indoors, but will require a little extra care than most houseplants.

Step 1

Locate the plant in an area that gets full sun from the south, east or west. Provide some shade for the glory lily in the heat of the summer.

Step 2

Keep the soil moist during the spring, summer and fall using warm water. In the winter, reduce the amount of water by waiting until the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

Step 3

Place the plant over a tray full of pebbles and water in the spring to induce humidity. Do not allow the plant to sit directly in the water. Fill the try with fresh water whenever the air is dry throughout the growing season. Mist the plant twice a week throughout the summer using warm distilled water in a spray bottle.

Step 4

Apply a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the spring and summer. Follow manufacturer's directions on the amount to use.

Tips and Warnings

  • All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten. This is not a good plant to have if you have small children or pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Water soluble fertilizer
  • Tray
  • Pebbles
  • Spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Bark mulch


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