Gloriosa | The Flame Lily

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I have just bought 3 bulbs from your stall at Tatton Flower Show. I think I was told that I could plant them now, but looking on your website it says Spring. I am puzzled. Please advise. Thank you.

Hi Hilary

Yes plant them now as advised and they will flower this year still – just a little a later as they’ve been held back in Coldstore.

They will then revert back to their usual flowering cycle next year.

Be careful not to knock your gloriosa rhizomes as they can be stubborn to get going if they are knocked at all.


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Liz H

What should I do with my gloriosa now they have finished flowering and how to keep them over the winter? They were beautiful, Many thanks.

Hi Liz

So pleased to hear how happy you have been with your gloriosa.

With regards to over-wintering your gloriosa : After your Gloriosa has finished flowering 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.
Leaves and stalks may be removed when they yellow.
Gloriosa Lily Bulbs don’t like to get too cold, therefore if the temperature drops to -7 degrees, you’ll need to lift Gloriosa 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.
Your Gloriosa lilies will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle in the spring/summer. Ensure to start your gloriosas off indoors again next year.


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Gloriosa lilies

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Lois J

Now my gloriosa lilies have finished flowering do I stop watering or keep watering for the foliage.
Thank you

Yes you can stop watering them and leave them to die back naturally before removing removing all the dead foliage. It will then flower again next year. More instructions can be found here under the Care Instructions tab.


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