Crown of Glory, Gloriosa - plants, care and propagation

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African Climbing Lily - Fame Crown - Gloriosa

Many people know the crown of glory or -Gloriosa. Some only know them from the flower shop, because they look quite sophisticated. But if you make the effort to deal with the claims of this beautiful plant, which will then like to bring the crown of fame in the house.


The glory crown (Gloriosa) is native to tropical Africa. It belongs to the family of lily plants and to the few species known as climbing lily species. In the trade you get this beautiful plant from February with beautiful large flowers, as they are driven in greenhouses.


The Glory Crown wants a bright, sunny place. They need a lot of light, so a place at the window would be ideal. If you have the opportunity, you can put the crown of glory outdoors in May, but then it should be in a sheltered and warm place.


The Gloriosa is an attractive, graceful and climbing lily. It has a bulbous rhizome. The shoots can grow up to two meters long. On long stems, which can grow up to 20 cm in length, show the beautiful large flowers from late June to August. Depending on the type of plant, the petals may be of different sizes. They are curled or curled at the edges. The most widespread is the Gloriosa rothschildiana, which attracts attention with its fire-red flowers. A yellow margin and a yellow throat are in nice contrast to the rest of the red flower. The leaves of the Glory Crown are dark green and shiny. At the tips of the leaves, the plant has adhesive organs.


Who buys the Gloriosa blooming in the trade, it must pour them only regularly and offers her a bright location. It is a bit more difficult when you have bought a tuber and want to make it bloom. It must be noted that the tuber, or the bud must not be damaged. Even the slightest injury can kill the tuber. Place the tubers lengthwise in the pots and cover the tuber about 3 cm thick with permeable soil. It is best to use a mixture of one part of compost, one part of potting soil, another part of loam or peat, and finally a piece of sand. This gives a humus rich and nutritious soil, which is also well permeable to water. Now the tuber can take care of the soil, always on the bud. It takes a while for the roots to form and the tuber to drift. If the above-ground part grows, then it is very fast, because the plant can bring it to proud 10 cm per day. Incidentally, the culture of Gloriosa is comparable to that of dahlias. The best ambient temperature is around 22° C. The tubers are transplanted in early spring, ie in February or March, then the plant begins with the bustle.

How to pour and fertilize

African Climbing Lily - Fame Crown - Gloriosa

The Gloriosa must be kept constantly moist and is susceptible to increased humidity. This means that the earth must always be watered abundantly, but waterlogging must also be avoided. You always have to find the golden middle ground. When fertilizing, it is best to use a liquid fertilizer and fertilize once a week. From the end of August you can omit the fertilizer.


Anyone who cultivates his crown of fame in pots will stop casting at the end of September. The leaves turn brown, the plant moves in. The withered leaves can then be cut off to about 10-15 cm above the ground. Since the crown of glory is not hardy, one has to decide, either they are left in the pot and they are wintered dry or the tuber is stored on dry sand, in any case not below + 15° C.


As mentioned above, the tubers are available in the garden trade. Important for self-planting is that the tubers are not inserted too deeply into the permeable soil because it has very sensitive sprouts that break easily.
Since the plant is very sensitive to moisture, waterlogging must be avoided in any case as well as excessive watering.
It will take a long time for a first shoot to show, but once the Gloriosa has started to grow, the other one goes very fast - in fact, it grows up to 10cm each day!
The rhizomes (ie the first sprouts) should only be planted in the garden when it is certain that there will be no frost, ie best April to mid-May.
Of course, you can drive them in the house in the pot, then the tuber can be planted in February or March. The pot should be placed as warm as possible, preferably in the vicinity of a heater.

Propagation of plants by division

There are two ways to give the crown of fame. Once one can make the multiplication by seeds, but the simpler solution is the vegetative propagation by the Nebenknollen. These are carefully placed in pots at the beginning of March and covered with soil.You should already put a little trellis help, because the Gloriosa needs a trellis in order to grow up. At about 18° C, the tubers will drift again. If necessary, the plants can be repotted again. The growth cycle of Gloriosa starts from the beginning.

Propagation of plants from seeds

More difficult is the multiplication by seeds. This type of propagation is tedious and difficult. A heatable small greenhouse is recommended for cultivation, as the seeds need a constant temperature of 20° C for germination. The seed is placed in a soil mixture consisting of sand, peat and compost soil. If small seedlings have emerged from the seeds, then only very little should be poured, because the plantlets could rot very quickly. After about two to four years, the flower lovers can expect the first flowers, but it goes faster in the vegetative propagation.

Plant pests and care mistakes

African Climbing Lily - Fame Crown - Gloriosa

The small enemy of Gloriosa is the aphid. One should always observe the plant and if necessary act the same. Harmful to the plant can also be gross temperature fluctuations, as well as greater fluctuations in air humidity. This can be seen in the brown spots of the leaves and buds. If the plants have too little light, then the buds can dry up and fall off. You should pay attention to the right fertilizer, otherwise it can lead to discoloration of the plants.
If you buy a crown of fame, you can really enjoy it, provided that you have given yourself good advice when making your purchase. The crown of glory may not be a beginner's plant, but it should be fun.

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As it comes from warm climes, it is not hardy and is best for keeping in Central Europe in the warm summer months as a container plant, which is kept in winter.
The six fiery red flowers with the yellow border and the idiosyncratic shape are definitely an absolute eye-catcher. Due to the rippling of the leaves, the crown of glory, like the passionflower, is often pulled into the trellis.
In the trade one gets beside the full-grown flowers also tubers, with which one can pull the plants themselves.
Incidentally, you do not have to put them in the garden - even as a houseplant, the crown of fame is very good.

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