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How to Plant Gloriosa Lily Tubers

By Katelyn Lynn ; Updated September 21, 2017

Gloriosa lily (Gloriosa superba) is also known as tiger claw and glory lily. They are native flowering vines to the humid, tropical locations throughout Africa. Gloriosa lilies grow to between 4 and 5 feet tall and are hardy in the USDA Zones 9 to 11. The flowers of the gloriosa lily have slender, wrinkled petals that change in color from yellow to red as the blossoms mature. Give gloriosa lilies full, to part sun, and make sure they are provided rich, moist soil.

Planting Gloriosa Lilies in Pots

Place potting mix into a suitably-sized growing container, such as a 6-inch pot, or a 1-gallon pot, until the pot is about 1/3 full of growing medium. Or mix together your own growing medium using four parts fine bark and one part coarse sand.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of all purpose fertilizer (such as 15-15-5) onto the surface of the growing medium and mix it into the soil thoroughly. Cover the soil and fertilizer mixture with growing medium to fill the pot halfway.

Set the gloriosa lily tubers into a bowl of water to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the gloriosa lily tubers from the bowl of water and quickly pot them up.

Place one gloriosa tuber into each 1-gallon pot. If using 10-inch pots, plant two or three gloriosa lily tubers per pot. Make sure each gloriosa lily tuber is placed lengthwise in the pots (horizontally). Cover each tuber with at least 3 to 4 inches of soil. Water each of the gloriosa lily tubers thoroughly.

Place the pots into a brightly-lit, warm area in your home. The temperature should be between 65 and 70 degrees F. The tubers will begin sprouting within 2 to 3 weeks. Keep the soil in the growing containers moist, and try to provide as much light as possible every day. You can place the pots outdoors as soon as nighttime temperatures are between 65 and 70 degrees F.


Things You Will Need

  • Gloriosa lily tubers
  • Potting mix
  • Pots
  • Fertilizer


  • If you're planning on reusing plastic pots, sterilize them beforehand. Soak them for 1 hour in a solution of one part bleach mixed with nine parts water. Then, rinse them in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes and air-dry them.
  • Fertilize gloriosa lilies monthly using a 5-9-15 fertilizer solution. Read the directions on the lable so you'll know how much fertilizer to use.
  • Make sure that if you place the gloriosa lily outdoors to grow, you provide it support as it grows, like a trellis or a fence.
  • During the winter, when they glioriosa lily tubers are dormant, keep the soil in the pots dry.
  • If growing gloriosa lily as a houseplant, try and provide them with a temperature of approximately 65 degrees F. If growing outside, try and provide them a temperature range of between 60 and 70 degrees F during the night, and throughout the day, temperatures between 75 to 80 degrees F.

About the Author


Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites. Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University and has extensive experience in botany and horticulture.