Gloriosa lily belongs in the family Liliaceae, which is the lily family. Unlike lilies, gloriosa lilies have the ability to twine and vine. Their common names are glory lily, flame lily and tiger claw. Gloriosa lilies will grow well planted outdoors in the tropical and subtropical regions of the U.S., as they prefer warm temperatures. In cooler regions, plant the gloriosa tubers in containers, so they can be stored and protected during winter. Planting gloriosa lilies in your garden will be an easy task, and their exotic scarlet and yellow flowers will have everyone taking a second look.
Planting in the Garden
Select an area in your garden that receives full sun to partial sun during the day. Plant the tubers in an area that receives partial sun, if your weather is prone to extreme heat and dryness. The more sun the plant receives, the more blooms it will produce.
Choose an area that drains well. Water the area deeply, and if water is still standing several hours later, that area is too wet to grow gloriosa lilies.
Amend the first eight inches of soil with rich organic materials, such as compost, manure or peat. Work the organic substance into the first eight inches of soil, loosening up the planting area as you do so.
Dig a hole that is 2 to 3 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate your gloriosa tuber. Lay the tuber into the hole horizontally. Cover the planting hole with soil. Space multiple bulbs 6 to 8 inches apart.
Water the planting area deeply, making sure the water reaches down to the tuber. Keep the area moist, but not soggy, until germination happens in two to three weeks. Continue watering the gloriosa plants to keep the area moist during the growing season. Quit watering in fall and winter.
Fertilize the gloriosa plant once a month with a water-soluble bloom-boosting fertilizer. Cover the entire plant with the fertilizer mixture.
Planting in a Container
Select a 3-gallon container with drain holes to plant your gloriosa tubers.
Fill the container with a potting mix that is rich in organic materials and drains well. Do not plant the tubers in a heavy soil medium that is prone to retaining water, or they will rot and never germinate.
Dig a hole that is 2 to 3 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the gloriosa tuber. Place the tuber horizontally into the hole and cover with soil.
Water the container until water begins to pour from the bottom drain hole. Keep the soil moist until the tuber germinates in two to three weeks. Water the plant regularly, keeping its soil moist, but not soggy. Stop watering in the fall and winter, when the tubers go into dormancy.
Put the container in an area where it will receive either full to part sun. The tuber will not germinate if the container is placed in total shade. Fertilize the gloriosa lily once a month with a bloom-boosting fertilizer that is water-soluble. Use a mixture such as a 10-10-10 and cover the entire plant with it.
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