Gloriosa Growing Guide

Planting Gloriosa

  • Plant in spring after the last frost.
  • If you cannot plant your bulbs and perennials right away, store them in a cool, dry, dark location, like a basement.
  • These bulbs need full sun and they do best in well-drained soil.
  • Plant the bulbs on their sides, 8 cm (3 in) deep and 30 to 35 cm (12 to 14 in) apart.
  • Gloriosa need support to grow. Growing them on an arbor or up a trellis, onto other shrubs, on a fence, or an obelisk, are all good choices.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

Growing Gloriosa

  • If early blooms are desired, pot up and start indoors up to six weeks ahead of last frost date.
  • Water as needed during active growth periods, but allow the soil to become dry between watering.
  • All-purpose garden fertilizer applied at the beginning and middle of the growing season is effective.

Care Gloriosa

  • Gloriosa make excellent cut flowers with their unique shape.
  • Keep the plants healthy by removing dead flowers, leaves and stems.

Winterizing Gloriosa

  • These bulbs are not winter hardy and need to be dug up after the first frost.
  • Store away from drafts at 16 °C to 20 °C (60 °F to 68 °F) in a paper bag or box filled with dry peat moss.