Gloriosa Lily

Reasons the Gloriosa Lily is so Popular

 

Without doubt, one of the most impressive of all flowers it the Lily, with one species in particular being extremely popular, the Gloriosa Lily.  The deep red blooms of this species are exotic and the yellow streaks intriguing.  This plant is actually a climbing vine and tuber, one that would enhance the beauty and interest of any garden.

This Lily species is also called the Flame Lily and the Climbing Lily but regardless of the name, blooms are stunning.  Unfortunately, finding bulbs for this plant is challenging but if you research online, you can find a number of respected growers or suppliers that have or could get bulbs for you.  The extra time and effort are worth it once your Lily plant grows and begins to bloom.

Even though Gloriosa Lily bulbs have been sold to people all over the United States, many people have never even heard of this species.  Unlike other flowers, this Lily is hardy so it grows well in various climates although zones eight and nine are recommended.  Keep in mind, if you live in a part of the country with a cooler climate, the bulbs should be dug up during the fall, stored throughout the winter, and then replanted in the spring after risk of frost has passed.

It is imperative that Gloriosa Lily bulbs do not dry out while being stored and to accomplish this, you should allow a six to eight-week rest period after being dug up.  Additionally, this Lily bulb does not like a hard freeze, whether deep in the ground or in storage.  You also want to avoid planting the bulb in overly wet soil.  Generally, with this plant being a Lily, it grows best in sunlight and to germinate, bloom, and prepare for the next growing season, it needs warmer temperatures.

In addition to being a climbing vine, the Gloriosa Lily is a tuber, which means you could actually plant it in a horizontal position, keeping the growing tip of the bulb approximately three inches beneath the surface of the soil.  Remember, the larger the tuber you plant the taller flower stem will grow.  This means in the spring, the blooms would also be much larger and the plant would produce a greater number of flowers.  Because of the plant’s climbing ability, it needs support when planted to climb, such as latticework, an arbor, fence, or even tree.

Usually, the Gloriosa Lily has just one leg but this plant can also be a fork tuber with dual legs.  The growth tip is found on the top of the leg, which has a strange wiry vine and when on the plant, flowers would bloom between six and eight weeks.  Interestingly, the flowers of this Lily species open first from the bottom and then, the flower continues spreading until the top is finally open.

In addition to looking gorgeous in a flowerbed or garden, the Gloriosa Lily also makes a great cut flower for the home.  When cut and placed in water, flowers can stay fresh up to four weeks, something unheard of with other flower types.  You will also find that once this plant has bloomed, the growth tip of the bulb will grow an additional fork tuber.  This means the primary plant would go on to produce two more bulbs so one Gloriosa Lily bulb doubles every year!