can anyone tell me more about the Gloriosa lily? I have planted a tuber in a pot and lo and behold I finally have a shoot emerging! I live on Vancouver Island, zone 8b and would like to know if I should continue to let it grow overwinter indoors or should I store it and start it off again next year? If so, how best to store it? Cheers, and happy gardening!
I've been growing them about 20 years starting with a couple of tubers from a garden center. Here in zone 7b or 8a (hard to tell lol) they're doing fine in the ground, but they don't stay exactly where you put them, migrating up to around 10" a year in some cases. I still keep 2 fairly large pots of them that I place somewhat under a shrub so they have something to hang onto. You'll love and hate the way their leaf tips grab hold of whatever is there for support, very strange, and frustrating if you wish to change their behavior. After they bloom, sometimes seed will set, but whether it does or not, the plant will gradually yellow and look ratty by late summer and go dormant. For the potted ones, at that point, cut the dead stems off and put the pot away for the winter where it will stay dry and not freeze very hard. When the air warms the following year, you may see skinny little shoots before you remember to put the pot back outside, but they don't seem to mind. Every 2,3,4...years I dump the pots in early April before any shoots have started and rearrange and divide the tubers, always with small extras to bury somewhere else. It's a really meat plant that you'll really enjoy.