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jmorth
Jan 4, 2016 2:40 PM CST
I usually remove spent flowers on Gloriosas that I grow in containers for aesthetic reasons, but some escaped my manicuring a couple of seasons ago. I discovered my 'oversight' when I moved the containers into the garage for die back (part of my over-wintering procedure, part 2 is moving them into the basement where they're stored dry until the next spring). Upon discovery of some seedpods, I removed them and put them on my basement botanical work table. Subsequently they dried and split apart yielding a mass of round red berries. I rubbed the red coats off to find hard brownish seeds within.
While preparing plants to move outside last spring, on a lark, I put some seeds into a small pot of vermiculite and kept it moist. Days later I noted green shoots. I put the pot under fluorescent lights down there and let the seedlings grow. About mid-fall I ceased watering.
Yesterday I received a t-mail inquiring about Gloriosa seed and remembering my little experiment went down there and dumped the little pot out onto my workbench. To my delight I found the following:

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Illustrates progress from seed to tuber.

Next step will be growing it this summer.




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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Jan 5, 2016 10:23 AM CST
Wow! That's cool. The seeds produce tubers in one growing season. Congrats! Thumbs up
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Cem9165
Jan 6, 2016 5:15 AM CST
What a great result from your experiment! Is the tuber similar in size to the tuber of the original parent plant where you got the seed pod?
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jmorth
Jan 6, 2016 9:30 AM CST
No where near, most tubers used range from 5 or 6" to 10" depending on their configuration, but it does look of some of them -
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Cem9165
Jan 6, 2016 9:41 PM CST
That's a lot of tubers!

It's good to know that from seeds you can grow a tuber is such a short time. Is the tuber larger enough to produce a plant that will bloom?
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jmorth
Jan 7, 2016 11:33 AM CST
I don't know. I'll have to try and mark where it is when I grow it this year. I've often thrown some small ones in pots with their big brothers but when re-potted never been able to differentiate as the tubers have a tendency to migrate to the pot's sides a/o intermingle in a knot.
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Cem9165
Jan 7, 2016 2:02 PM CST
Interesting about the bulbs migrating!
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piksihk
Jan 9, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Deebie said:Wow! That's cool. The seeds produce tubers in one growing season. Congrats! Thumbs up


I collected some seeds from this season - will have to sow them and see what happens.
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 8, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Mega cool J!!!!! That seems pretty darn fast for them to form tubers of that size. I love the photos for illustration purposes. Thank you!
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Koucf998
Mar 20, 2016 11:48 PM CST
gloriosa lilies consist of 5 6 tender climbing vines, these vines grow from oddly shaped tubers that sprout and travel underground, the name gloriosa comes from the word gloriosus, which means handsome and superba from the word superb, clearly alluding to the beautiful flowers which appear from november to march.

gloriosas prefer warm temperatures ranging from 60c to 75c but will tolerate temperatures down to 50f. to extend the blooming period of gloriosas , start the tubes inside in late winter and then transplant them to the garden in spring.

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jmorth
Mar 22, 2016 12:23 AM CST
You could put those pictures in the database.
Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba)
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vanozzi
May 11, 2016 3:01 AM CST
The first time I laid my eyes on Gloriosa superba,nearly 40 years ago, it was love at first sight.I was strolling down the Bloemenmarkt on the Singel Canal in Amsterdam and there it was, in full bloom.I knew I would grow it one day, it is so spectacular and to my eye, exotic. Also, so easy.

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jmorth
May 11, 2016 9:31 AM CST
I couldn't agree more Paul.
My wife and I were repotting over wintered tubers last night.
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