HI, I am on Vancouver Island, zone 8b. I have planted a gloriosa lily in a pot and it has a shoot emerging. I would like to know if anyone else has experience with these gorgeous climbers. I need to know how to store it for winter in my zone or if I should try to keep it going indoors. Also I need storage tips on dahlias. For the 2nd year in a row I have lost my dahlias ( and cannas) to rot. I stored them in peat moss in a dark frost-free shed, but obviously am doing something wrong. Help!
Hi Shirley, I have tried gloriosa lilies a couple of times and manage to keep them going for a few years and eventually kill them ! When they went dormant, I kept them in the heated greenhouse over the winter but finally they did not come back in the spring.
I leave my dahlias in the ground (I know, I know !) but I always harvest some seeds from them in the fall as a fall-back. I find them very easy from seed. I notice that some of the dark leaf ones are already showing in my garden so all is not lost this year !!
Well, I looked at my vine a little closer; it didn't actually totally break off, it just really bent. The vine is kind of fibrous, so I taped it up with green painters tape and then staked the vine. So far, so good. The top part is not wilting so maybe it will be okay. Fingers crossed.