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    Gloriosa Lily Planting Guide

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    Gloriosa Lily

    Whether your gardening space is limited or you're just determined to make the most of every available square inch, planting varieties that grow upwards is super smart. And for the beautifully bizarre, glory or gloriosa lilies are among the best.

    These light weight vines are excleent choices for growing in large containers or for weaving through an open fence. Give them fun sun and a little weak fertilizer and they'll provide just the kind of gardening adventure that universally enjoyed!





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    1. Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. Or amend the soil with the addition of organic material to raise the level 2-3" to improve the drainage. Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available. While gloriosa lilies will grow well in most moderately fertile soil, they will not survive in soggy soil or standing water.
    2. Site your plants where they will receive full sun to light shade. Choose a site with a bit of shade in parts of the country with strong sun.
    3. Dig holes and plant the bulbs 3-4" deep and 6-8" apart. Take care NOT to touch the growing points on the bulbs; bumping and abraiding this area tends to reducing sprouting. Just lay the bulbs on their sides in the soil and cover them with soil. They'll figure out which way is up. It's often helpful to add a support for the vines to clamber up.
    4. After planting, water your gloriosa lilies generously, soaking the soil to settle it around the bulbs. Roots and sprouts will form in a few weeks and these plants flower at a young age. (If the soil in your area is still quite cool wait until it warms before planting.)
    5. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, keeping in mind that weekly deep waterings are better than lighter drinks every day or two. About 1" of water per week is a good estimate of the amount needed during active growth periods. Half strength fertilizer added to the water every two weeks usually keeps plants blooming strongly throughout the summer and sometimes into early fall.
    6. After flowering has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. Water as needed. Leaves and stalks may be removed when they yellow.
    7. If you garden in a location cooler than zone 9, you'll need to lift glory lily bulbs and store them indoors in ever so slightly damp peat moss. Or you can just replace them next spring for another year of winged blooms.
    8. Your gloriosa lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in the spring.
    Pots, Barrels, Tubs & Urns
    1. Start with a large container and fill with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes in your pots; gloriosa lilies must never sit in waterlogged soil.
    2. Site your plants where they will receive full sun to light shade. Choose a locations with a bit of shade in parts of the country with strong sun.
    3. Dig holes and plant the bulbs 3-4" deep and 6" apart. Take care NOT to touch the growing points on the bulbs; bumping and abraiding this area tends to reducing sprouting. Just lay the bulbs on their sides in the soil and cover them with soil. They'll figure out which way is up. It's often helpful to add a support for the vines to clamber up.
    4. After planting, water your gloriosa lilies generously, soaking the soil to settle it around the bulbs. Roots and sprouts will form in a few weeks and these plants flower at a young age. If the soil in your area is still quite cool wait until it warms before planting.
    5. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, keeping in mind that weekly deep waterings are better than lighter drinks every day or two. About 1" of water per week is a good estimate of the amount needed during active growth periods. Half strength fertilizer added to the water every two weeks usually keeps plants blooming strongly throughout the summer and sometimes into early fall.
    6. After flowering has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. Water as needed. Leaves and stalks may be removed when they yellow.
    7. If you garden in a location cooler than zone 9 and wish to keep the bulbs for next year, you'll need to lift glory lily bulbs and store them indoors in ever so slightly damp peat moss. Or you can just replace them next spring for another season of exotic winged blooms.
    8. Your gloriosa lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in the spring.




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