Help me start Gloriosa Lily seeds

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

JasmineBugli sent me over kindly, some seeds of the gloriosa lily for me to grow. She had got it from a trade from her friend. They are now about 10 months old. Since it is the rainy season now it is time to start seeds because the conditions are very favourable for that in this part of the country. I'm requesting some help as to how to go about it. I plan to sow the seeds in its permanent location which I'm going to choose very shortly, since it is a climbing vine. I plan to place it near the compound wall and later will give some support. How long does it take to germinate and grow into a flowering plant? Advance thanks.

Dinu

Fair Play, SC(Zone 7b)

Hi, I'm new here and never grew one from seeds BUT did grow some from naked bare root tubers and they took 2 months to bloom here in zone 7. Mine is making seeds now. Did your sprout for you and grow? Just wondering if you had found out how long it takes.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

I sowed some 8 seeds more than 4 weeks ago and still no signs of any sprouting. In the meantime, a local friend says he has an extra plant and is willing to part with it. So let's see.

Fair Play, SC(Zone 7b)

That is great, I was going to say if they didn't sprout, let me know and I'd send you a tuber to get started with. Some nice people helped me get my first one. Good luck.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks mekos.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

Dinu, My g. lily kindly left me some seed. This is the first year I have grown G. L. and both my husb and I love it. I ordered a tuber from Select Seeds. Please let me know how your seeds worked out.
I will have to plant my seeds in a pot and see if they grow. I have learned from my experience to plant seeds that I really want to grow in pots instead of direct sow. I can watch them and hover more..

Fair Play, SC(Zone 7b)

Dinu, Mine bloomed and gave me a huge seed pod. I'm letting it dry to see if they will be ok. How did yours do? Did you get a plant and blooms yet? It frosted the last couple nights here and a light freeze, so I took mine in to the greenhouse for winter. It has another seed pod on the vine but I pulled the biggest one to dry. I'm curious as to how yours did for you.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

The ones I sowed must have rotted. I haven't visited my friend also. But he told me it is surely there in his garden.

mekos, how many seeds would one pod produce? I think I should have sowed when they were fresh, or so I guess now.

Fair Play, SC(Zone 7b)

I have never looked inside the pod, but would be happy to send you the big pod and a tuber if you would like to try again. Send me a d-mail with your address and I will get it mailed out tomorrow. When you are ready to sow the seeds, you tell me how many seeds are in the pod. I would think, quite a few. But I have several vines going and don't need the seeds so would be happy to share with you.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

That so kind of you mekos. I think zone 7b would not be much of a problem in zone 10. Will let you know.

Johannesburg, South Africa

I am not sure why you want to sow the seed in their permanent location. Much harder to look after. I think the seed should not be too old, but if you sow in a pot you will know what you are looking at if they do sprout. I have grown them from seed over the years and have quite a number round about in my garden. They are indigenous to Southern Africa and so they are happy in this environment. I don't think they should have too much water. Certainly not any sort of flooding. They take some time to climb up something - I found being left in a pot for a season then planting the tuber out is best.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Thanks for the inputs Keriblu. I think the seeds I sowed are now rotted as there is no sign even after many months. As you said, the seeds need to be fresh for best germination. The ones I had were some months in the packet which the friend had sent me. I don't know how long before she had kept and the grower kept before that!

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