Gloriosa plants (Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana') are available from mid March untill late June. They are sold in a 30 cm (12") pot attached to a 1.25m (4ft) trellis See picture
How to treat your Gloriosa.
When you purchase the Gloriosa it is just starting to bloom. It requires lots of light and in our area in BC it can even stand the full sun. The plant itself is highly toxic if ingested. A benefit here is that they are also toxic to insects! A good location is on a covered sundeck or in a sun room. Side branches will still develop and shoud be tied to the trellis to prevent breaking. Never prune a Gloriosa! By pruning you would remove flower buds.The plant will flower for a long time but eventually all the buds have matured and the plant has finished blooming. Abour 7 weeks after flowering it is time to stop the watering and fertilizing. After the plant has died back and you have the dried up plant material removed from the trellis you have two options. One, you can store the pot as is dry and start watering again in February. New shoots will show up and you can guide the plant back against the trellis. Alternatively you can dig the roots up carefully and store them for the winter. When re-planting in the spring lay the tubers horizontal in the pot with about 5 cm (2") of soil on top.
For comments please contact Arnold_Dreef@xenios.com
Last updated May 12th 2004