The gloriosa lily is a deciduous vine, native to South Africa, that can reach a height of 8 feet. Also known as flame lilies, the vine produces crimson, yellow and orange flowers with wavy petals. Gloriosa lilies can be grown on trellises in the garden or in pots indoors. Because of their tropical nature, the gloriosas require lots of humidity and temperatures over 23.9 degrees Celsius in the daytime. Gloriosa lily vines produce seed pods that contain round, red seeds that should be started from late winter to early spring.
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Things you need
- Peat moss
- Nursery flat
- Heat mat (optional)
- 3-inch planting pots
Combine equal parts of peat moss and compost in a container and water it, stirring to ensure uniform moisture.
Pour the planting mix into a nursery flat, to within 1/4 inch of the rim.
Push the gloriosa seeds into the planting mix, 1 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Cover the seeds lightly with the soil.
Place the flat in an area that receives filtered sunlight and remains at least 23.9 degrees C. You can also place the pot on a heat mat, set to 23.9 degrees C.
Keep the soil moist at all times. The seeds will sprout within four months.
Transplant the gloriosa seedlings when they have their third set of leaves, into the same peat and compost mixture, in 3-inch planting pots. Place them in the shade in an area that remains 15.6 to 18.3 degrees C.
Provide the gloriosa seedlings with something to climb on by inserting twigs or small sticks next to them in the soil.
Tips and warnings
- Although the gloriosa lily seedling will form a tuber quickly, the horticulture agents with the University of Florida IFAS Extension suggest waiting three growing seasons before you transplant the gloriosa into the garden. Keep them in a lightly shaded warm area and keep the soil moist.
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