Gloriosa is one of the most prominent members of the lily family.
This plant is by no means peculiar to the climatic conditions of our country. However, it is well tolerated by the hot climate of the African continent and Asia.
Looking at how grows gloriosa, you can only be touched. How nice to overcame this gentle, charming, climbing plant, which with its tendrils tries to gain a foothold in the obstacles nearby. The latest in natural habitat conditions are neighboring plants.
Gloriosa is excellent for a warm climate and open, scorching sunlight.
The flowering period occurs in the summer season.
The entire genus of gloriosa possesses a not too extensive number of species. There are about five to nine at most.
The origin of the name of the plant is interesting. Gloria means “glory” in Latin, so gloriosa is considered the flower of glory.
Gloriosa grows in a forested area. Tropical monsoon and subtropical wet wooded areas with clay soils are the habitats of Gloriosa.
What does gloriosa look like?
Appearance of gloriosa
And so, gloriosa is a climbing plant culture. The root is presented in the form of a well-developed tuber. From him leaves the stem, which is nothing special is not remarkable. Stalk of gloriosa is a very simple, straightforward species.
Foliage is located on the stem alternately. The next arrangement of leaves characterizes many types of home cultures.
During the flowering period, we can observe the appearance of bright, rather large flowers.
Gloriosa flowers are colored red and can be up to eight to ten centimeters in diameter.
July and August are the summer months in which the Gloriosa flowering period falls.
An interesting fact is that the rhizomes of the plant are saturated with strong poison. So when planting it is worth using rubber gloves, and after it is finished, thoroughly wash your hands.
Use of gloriosa
Based on what climatic conditions are suitable for gloriosa, it can already be concluded that the plant will not tolerate the Russian winter. Yes, there is winter, in the climatic conditions of our country, the culture can not hold out even the summer period. Accordingly, Gloriosa is used here only as an ornamental plant for planting in apartment, so to speak, conditions, that is, as a houseplant.
Most often, of the not too numerous species groups available, two are used to decorate apartments and houses: the magnificent Gloriosa and the Rothschild Gloriosa.
Like any other plant characteristic of the tropics and subtropics, gloriosa will require special conditions of planting and care from you. Therefore, I advise you to read more carefully all that is written in this article below about planting and caring for such a rare culture for us as Gloriosa.
First of all, take a bright, well-consecrated, warm place under the placement of your landings.
Pick up the pots for planting is not too deep, but spacious, wide. It is best if your pots are made of ceramic, but not plastic.
Small wooden boxes can be used with success. They are also well suited for planting gloriosa.
What about soil composition?
Yes, the soil is very important. Proper selection of its selection, taking into account all the beneficial trace elements affects the intensity of growth and development of the plant, the flowering splendor.
For gloriosa pick up is not particularly heavy soil. In our case, the expression “the more fertile, the more useful” will be more appropriate. Therefore, if you do not purchase a soil mixture in a specialized flower shop, but have decided to make it yourself, then take for this purpose humus and leaf earth. And you will need humus, almost two times more than land. These components should be thoroughly mixed. That's all, your soil mixture for planting gloriosa is ready. You can successfully add carefully sifted sand or peat.
And so we prepared the ground, you can proceed directly to the landing.
Take the tank for planting gloriosa and fill it with one fourth of the drainage. Then the cooked earth is poured out and the plant is planted. Planting is not straight, but horizontally so that the gloriosa tuber is only two or three centimeters covered with earth.
Plant very, very carefully, since the only tuber on the tuber is located on its lower part. And if it is damaged, the plant will die, and you will not restore it.
After planting, planting should not be done. Watering the first time is carried out after the appearance of the first shoots.
If you plant several crops at once, then you need to take into account the need to ensure the distance between plantings of twenty to twenty five centimeters.
The reproduction of a plant is usually carried out by tubers. The tuber is planted so that the tip with a single kidney goes up.
After planting Gloriosa should ensure the plant is warm. To do this, place the culture containers in a warm place and prevent drafts that can have a detrimental effect on your plantings.
Gloriosa can be propagated with the help of seeds. However, it should be remembered that in this case the plant will develop very poorly. And you will not get the results of your labors soon.
Sowing seeds of gloriosa should be carried out at a temperature not lower than twenty.
The first flowering in plants derived from seeds, takes place only in the third year of life.
The air temperature near the landings should not fall below plus twenty - twenty-five degrees.
During the flowering period it is important to provide abundant and regular watering of the plant. To do this, first defend the water. Do not use too cold, not separated water for irrigation.
It is better to water under the stalk, as they say.
From March to early August, it is advisable to feed your gloriosis with fertilizers. Flower nutritional mixtures will be recommended in specialized stores. You can use the same fertilizer that is suitable for growing lilies.