Gloriosa Lily Planting: Tips For Growing A Climbing Lily Plant
The climbing lilies are one of the most popular indoor plants because they have a very attractive appearance and their colors range from pale pink to deep purple. They grow well in almost any climate. These plants require little care, but if you want them to thrive, you need to provide some extra nutrients. You will get better results with regular watering and fertilizing.
There are several varieties of climbing lilies available. Some are tall, others are short and some have no leaves at all. All varieties have similar characteristics such as the shape of the plant, its color and size. There is a variety called “superba” which grows up to 4 feet high and wide. It is considered a dwarf version of the typical climbing lily, but it still looks pretty when grown properly.
Climbing lilies are easy to grow and produce flowers year round. Their blooms are small, white and fragrant. If you want to give your house or room a more elegant look, then these lilies would be perfect for you. They make a great addition to any home décor.
Growing Climbing Lilies Indoors – How To Grow Climbing Lilies Indoors?
You can place your lily in a shady spot outside. It will climb up a fence or trellis. It looks very attractive when planted with other perennials in a garden border. Before planting, prepare a hole for the lily bulb and make the soil fertile by incorporating compost or rotted manure.
If you want to grow climbing lily indoors, look for a sunny position. You can also grow it under fluorescent lights. It will bloom all year round if you place it in an area where the temperatures are kept cool in summer and warm in winter.
Climbing lilies have large bulbs which store food for the following year’s growth. As soon as you get them, plant the bulbs immediately keeping their necks just above the soil. During the first growing season, keep the foliage to a manageable length so that it doesn’t hide the bulbs.
These plants do not tolerate any crowding, either of roots or stems. Keep the soil clean around the bulbs by weeding and mulching. If you have several bulbs, space them 6 to 10 inches apart. The soil should be deep, friable and well-drained.
How To Care For Climbing Lilies
You can grow climbing lily plants in your garden or even in containers on your patio. These fast-growing plants need plenty of water, fertile soil and full sun to thrive. They are available in a range of colors including reds, oranges and yellows. They are very attractive when planted with other perennials in a garden border.
Watering Climbing Lilies
When you plant your bulbs, ensure that the soil is well drained. Wet soil can cause the roots to rot and killing the plant. Most of these plants thrive in moist soil, but they should be allowed to dry out between watering. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger to a depth of 4 inches. If the top 2 inches of soil is dry, then it’s time to water your lily.
Fertilizing Climbing Lilies
Fertilize your plants during the growing season with a slow-release fertilizer. If you notice the leaves beginning to look unhealthy or spotted, this indicates that you are not getting enough fertilizer. You can also use blood and bone meal, fish emulsion, or liquid seaweed.
Pruning Climbing Lilies
Unlike other flowers, lilies do not require pruning. As the plant grows and flowers, the stems will begin to lean to one side. You can allow it to do this or you can support it with a stake. Don’t discard the stems, they can be used in flower arrangements.
Propagating Climbing Lilies
You can grow climbing lily from seeds or bulbs. You should plant the seeds directly into the ground or start them indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. The flower colors will vary and some are more rare than others, so it is fun to experiment with the different types of seeds.
If you want to grow a specific color of lily, then you will need to buy bulbs because seeds only give a random color. You can also increase your stock of bulbs by dividing them. Each lily bulb has “clumps” that cluster around the base of the original bulb. Each clump can be divided and planted to make more bulbs.
How To Overwinter Climbing Lilies
Since these plants are hardy only down to zone 7, you will need to take them inside if your temperatures drop below freezing. Do not wet the foliage before bringing them inside because this can cause bacteria or fungus to build up in the plant. Store them in a cool, ventilated area with the soil dry. Cut back the foliage and allow them to rest until spring. If you bought the bulbs, then they will need to be stored in a ventilated bag in a dark area.
They will not grow if they experience any light during their resting period.
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