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Gloriosa
Superba (Flame Lily)



Fact
sheet

from David’s
Exotic Plants

 



Caution!
All parts of the flame lily are toxic!


Watering


The
flame lily should be watered thoroughly but then allowed to dry out almost
completely before re-watering.  Note – they don’t like to be
over-watered
, and in the rest period (winter) they should not be
watered at all.   When growing begins in the Spring they should
be given phostrogen feed once a week, to encourage new growth.  
 


Over-wintering in the UK


Gloriosa
tend to die down in the winter months.   Simply place the pot in
a cupboard/warm shed over the winter not below 5°C.  As soon as the
frosts finish for the winter, place the pot back into the
greenhouse/conservatory, and water the pot every now and then (when the
soil dries out).



Summer
months


The
flame lily requires as much sunlight and ventilation as possible. Feed
once a week with a phostrogen feed to help encourage flowers.  The
flowers usually come through in around June/July. Train the lily along a
frame, to help keep it upright.



Pests


White
fly and greenfly are the main culprits and if you find any of these the
best solution is to wash your plant with soapy water every few days to cut
down the insect numbers, or simply give it a good hose down.



Potting


As
the tuber of the flame lily becomes bigger, it would be wise to repot it
into the next size pot. Gloriosa tends to do very well in loam-based
compost with either grit or bark chippings to aid drainage.  The
optimum pH is 6.5.  


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