Gloriosa (Flame Lily).
Gloriosa - one of the most beautiful plants in the family Liliaceae. Gloria in Latin means "glory" - flower glory, here's how you can describe the plant. Climbing form gloriosa reach 5 meters in height, while the other type of Gloriosa - pygmy - rarely more than 30 cm in height.
Of course, like most other tropical plants, Gloriosa better grow and flower in the open field. However, unfortunately, for an average strip of Russia is possible to grow this plant is only at home in pots. The most beautiful plants is considered a luxury and Gloriosa Rothschild. When blooms Gloriosa, creating an atmosphere of magic, mystery, like a fairy tale of 1001 nights appear gorgeous, fantastic flowers.
It is important to remember at this time to take a picture with it - will be something to remember and show your friends a long and harsh winter. All Gloriosa tuberous korenevischa, flowers are placed in the upper part of the stem. The flowers are quite large, the edges with yellow border, petals wavy or even curly, and resembles a flower flames fluttered in the wind. Therefore Gloriosa has another name - lily flame.
In order to achieve maximum success in the cultivation of this plant, it is necessary to study the characteristics of this gentle, exotic flower. Firstly, a pot better acquire shallow but wide, it is advisable to grow gloriosa ceramic pots and not in plastic. Secondly, you need good drainage. The substrate should not be too heavy, clay.
It grows best in a rich, oily soil mix (humus - 4 pieces, plus 2 pieces of leaf). You can add peat or sand. If you are a lover of soil ready, you know - this land is no better than the mixture in which the flowers come from Holland. Gloriosa in this earth will be a very long and difficult to adapt. Third, the tubers of the plant is better to buy large, the bigger, the better. Attention! Tubers (more buds on them) brittle!
Fourth, after planting (at shallow depth) in late February, in March the soil must be maintained in a slightly moist at a temperature no higher than 20 degrees, but no lower than 15 degrees. When the shoots appear, move the pot to a bright place. Heed the southern windows. Summer midday sun can kill your plant, so during the hottest hours Gloriosa need pritenyat.
Fifth, Gloriosa like the night coolness, but is afraid of drafts. Take care of supports or tie up the plant - Gloriosa is growing strongly in the month of May, and in the home can reach 1-2 meters in height. Do not forget to feed the liquid organic fertilizers, phosphorus and potassium. On this depends the aging of the tuber. If you satisfy every whim of this sissy, then she will delight you with the beauty of flaming flowers. One plant can be up to six or more.
With good lighting, power by the end of the growing season you get another 2 gloriosa tubers. Liana turn yellow, dry up - it will happen around September. Stop watering Gloriosa and dry clod. Then you can leave gloriosa tubers in the ground, away in a dark cool place, and again in February to plant in fresh soil, and then starts all over again and the plant in two weeks is already appearing from the ground.
Of course, we can proceed in a different way - remove after flowering tuber from the pot and place in sand or peat and placed in the cellar, refrigerator or other cold room with a temperature of 12.8 degrees (above zero).