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Canadian Gardening: Gloriosa Lily in zone 8

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May 5, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6508451

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!
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 5, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #6508465

Hi Shirley. Re dahlias and cannas. I think peatmoss holds too much moisture in your humid environment. Both are prone to rot. Try storing then in vermiculite next time.
Victoria, BC
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6509707

Hi Shirley, After losing some of my dahlias to rot, I not store them over the winter in a bucket filled with perlite. They were outside all winter so they did freeze. I lost only a couple of tubers.

I'd love to grow a gloriosa lily here. I think it would have to be in a heated place over winter but that's just a guess.

Linda in Victoria
Victoria,, BC
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2009
6:18 PM

Post #6513099

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 !!
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 6, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #6513197

Heatherbelle my mom in Whiterock BC is of the age that she doesn't want to dig up her dahlias anymore so leaves them in the ground. I think whatever works for you is a go!
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2009
4:44 PM

Post #6517462

Lucky Zone 8 and 9. I'd leave dahlias in the ground too, if I had a high enough zone to do so.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 8, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6519840

I started a Gloriosa Lily indoors in March; I was going to treat it as an annual. The vine grew to four feet and snapped off last night - I didn't stake it. Dang..

Hopefully it can continue on anyway. Never grown one before.

Joanne Ü
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 8, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6520125

Oh no!! What a shame. GJ

I tried to start some last year & never seen a sprout. The tuber seemed ok in the fall, but it ticked me off so it went into the garbage.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 9, 2009
4:11 AM

Post #6524823

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.

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