Gloriosa rothschildiana (Glory lily)
Light and position :
Gloriosas need good light with some direct sun during the spring . during the summer when the sun is at its most intense, they will need some protection from midday heat.
These plants need quite a high temperature to start them into growth , around 20C (68F) . Once growth has commenced , a temperature of about 16C (61F) will be fine. It is very important that the temperatures remain stable , particularly in the early stages of growth check from which the plant may not recover
During dormancy the tubers should be kept completely dry. When they are repotted in early spring . make sure the compost is moist . as growth begins to emerge , gradually increase the amounts of water provided . in full and active growth gloriosas will need to be kept moist at all times . when growth shows signs of slowing down , the foliage will begin to yellow , then gradually reduce the amounts of water provided until finally watering is stopped altogether
Once growth is established , gloriosas will need a liquid feed once a week
Gloriosas need plenty of water but do not like to be saturated . good drainage is therefore essential so a soil- based compost must be used . increase the drainage facility further by adding washed crocks to the bottom of the pots.