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What a Novice Has Learned About Gloriosa in the Last Month

By TennesseeDave
June 26, 2014

A month ago I had no idea what a Gloriosa was. I just happened to see jmorth's photos of it during my perusal of the forums. I decided then and there that it was a plant that I wanted to acquire and successfully grow. I am still very much a novice, but I have gained enough knowledge (some through painful mistakes) to offer some insights to those of you who may want to have Gloriosa but, for whatever reason, have never tried them. My teachers have been the posts here at ATP, some much appreciated advice from our resident expert on Gloriosa, and my own experience.

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jmorth
Jun 25, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Nice article Dave
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jmorth
Jun 26, 2014 12:38 AM CST
I often use lobelia, Million Bells, a/o sweet potato vine to form a ground cover on the top of large Gloriosa pots -
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eclayne
Jun 26, 2014 10:23 AM CST

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Nicely written Dave. This will help alot.
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vic
Jun 26, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Very well written! If you are not a teacher when you're not gardening, you certainly could be. Thank You!

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TennesseeDave
Jun 26, 2014 1:42 PM CST
Thanks Vic. I am not a teacher in the traditional sense but I am a Nuclear Plant Simulator Instructor . I train and qualify nuclear reactor plant operators. I've been at it almost 4 decades now. Since I submitted this I have a later progress report. I took these photos minutes ago. This is 2 days shy of 4 weeks since planting. Good growth and that is a photo of my very first Gloriosa flower that just opened this morning.

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The vines are loaded with buds and I'd say within the next 2 weeks or so the display will be excellent. Thank you all for the kind comments and the acorns. You guys are magnificent. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Jun 26, 2014 4:08 PM CST
A great article, Dave, and one of my most favorite climbers; also one that Jmorth introduced to me in early 2012. I truly love the gloriosas. To me it was like a whole new discovery after 50+ years of gardening. I wanted to say, 'Where have you beauties been all my life?'
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mjsponies
Jun 27, 2014 6:40 AM CST
These are one of the highlights of my garden.
Mine have been in the ground for about 6 years, and each year they get bigger and better.
Keeping your tubers and storing over winter if you can't leave them in the ground will reward you with a great show year after year.
Another bonus, is that Hummingbirds will nectar from them.

Mine started blooming the middle of April, this pic was taken the beginning of June.


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TennesseeDave
Jun 27, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Yesterday
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Today
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I had read that they intensify in color but I guess I either didn't believe or underestimated the change.

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pirl
Oct 11, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Great article, Dave. Thanks for allowing us to learn from your mistakes.

We have one that is more than 10 years old and it blooms so beautifully that I do want more of them.
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They are planted and never have been moved. Should I dig and divide them?

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