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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 22, 2013 3:05 AM CST
I want to try these this year.My order will come soon and I am still in cold days and nights in the 30's..Container soils are cold and damp.
Should I wait until mid May?
Thats even early for annuals in containers here.
I can keep the bulbs cool for a few more weeks.
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jmorth
Apr 26, 2013 4:09 AM CST
I don't put my gloriosas outside until May (200 of them), sometimes late May - those then bloom into September.(all in containers).
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 26, 2013 4:16 AM CST
jmor5th: Thanks soooo much.I have long been drawn to this plant.I was able to work it in this year.I will plant the bulbs when I plant annuals.
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Cinta
Apr 26, 2013 9:29 AM CST
I have grown mine in containers and also do not put them out until May. I do not keep them cool, I pot them up and in damp soil in a sunny window. They start sprouting before I put them out.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 26, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I will pot now then and bury it in the planter in May.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 26, 2013 10:55 AM CST
Cinta or anyone I need planting instructions: how do you plant the bulb?
Straight up and down?
Lay Flat?
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jmorth
Apr 26, 2013 11:52 AM CST
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 23, 2011 3:13 AM in DB
Some cultural notes on Gloriosa rothschildiana -
I usually grow mine in very large containers (14 to 20" +).
I place the tubers (which are often shaped like fingers, legs, or L's) 2 inches below the top of the soil, they are placed horizontally with an inch or two apart, 3 to 6 per container. If using pots or containers, its a good idea to have a trellis in place so as not to accidentally pierce one when soil covered later. They can grow upward (by tendrils at leaf's ends) up to 8 feet per season. It's essential to provide a support for them to grow upward on. The soil must be free draining (adding some sand usually helps). For most of my containers I put a couple inches of styrofoam peanuts in the bottom (this keeps the weight more manageable and helps drainage). Mine usually bloom through the whole summer season. When they decline by fall, taper off watering. I move mine to the basement for overwinter storage. If utilizing large pots, they maybe be left dry in the pots till spring when it is recommended they be re-potted. When tapped out of their old pot an amazing juxtaposition has often occurred in that the tubers migrate from the horizontal plane to become vertical.
I usually fertilize them with liquid Miracle Grow every 2 to 3 weeks.
One can ascertain when they'll come out of their dormancy by observing the tuber tips, they take on a pinkish coloration. At this point it is usually easier to establish which side goes up when planting for a rudimentary eye becomes visible and points upward. The basement here maintains a fairly constant average temperature around 60 degrees.
When grown outside they prefer night temps 60 - 70 degrees but can tolerate down to 50 degrees. Preferred day temps are 75 degrees or higher with high humidity (typical midwest climate).
They can also be grown as houseplants or in the ground summer plants.
At season's end or next season's beginning when extracting them from their habitat it is easy to break them. I
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