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1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full sun to partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Garden hardy in-ground in zones 9-10. In cooler zones (1-8) tubers should be lifted in the fall and stored.
3. Planting Distance - 12 inches apart in ground.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 5 to 8 feet tall with a similar spread.
5. Bloom Time - Mid-summer to fall.
6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole deep enough to allow the finger-like, L- or V-shaped tubers to be planted horizontally 2-4 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Cover with soil, firming soil with fingers. Keep well-watered until shoots appear then keep soil moist but not soggy. Tubers can also be started indoors in late winter then transplanted to the garden.
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An unusual climbing lily that some call Gloriosa or 'Flame' lilies; these tender bulbs are really vines that climb by means of tendrils at the tips of their leaves. They make an outstanding cut flower in arrangements and are very expensive when the 'cuts' are obtained from a florist. These fast growing vines can climb up from 5 to 8 feet in-ground up a fence or trellis or can be easily trained to grow over and through shrubs and perennials, or in ‘sync’ with other climbers.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off dead or unsightly growth to maintain attractive form and shape. Deadhead or remove flowers when blooms have faded, leaving as much foliage as possible. As long as the foliage remains green it will gather sunlight and transmit energy into the root system for the following growing season.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - In ground plantings will go dormant in the ground in zones 9 through 10. In zones 1 through 8, you will need to lift (dig) the tubers in the fall after the first light frost. Remove all the old foliage, pack in dry peat moss or wood shavings, and store the tubers in a location where the temperature stays around 40 degrees F.
Containerized plantings can be moved indoors to a cool spot (i.e., unheated garage, shed) in winter where the plants will go dormant in the container. Water them lightly very 7-10 days.
In the spring after danger of frost has passed, move potted containers back outside and/or replant the tubers outdoors in pots or in the ground. The tubers can also be started indoors in February to get a jump-start on the growing season.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.