The climbing lily is a herbaceous or semi-woody plant, which produces tuberous roots, native to the tropical areas of central Africa. The thin stems, quite ramified, extend up to 100-150 cm, carry numerous elongated leaves, lanceolate, of pale green colour, slightly leathery; at the apex of the leaves are present small hooks with which the plant clings to any support.
During the spring and summer months, numerous flowers bloom between the leaves, similar to thin lilies, of red or orange colour; the buds are bell-shaped, of green colour, as the flower blooms, the petals become red and tend to curl outwards, giving origin to a very showy flower. During the winter months, the specimens cultivated in the house keep most of their foliage, while the plants cultivated in a cold place tend to lose a good part of their foliage.
To the glorious genus belong about ten species, the most cultivated is superb glorious, and in particular the variety Rothschildiana; there are also dwarf species, or with yellow flower, and several cultivars and hybrids, with red flowers with the petals bordered of orange, or yellow, or other combinations of colours. In most cultivars the flowers have curled or rolled petals.
These plants are cultivated as indoor plants, but also as garden plants in areas with mild winters; the flowers of glorious superb are also used in bouquets and floral arrangements, giving them an exotic touch.
During the winter months, the climbing lilies prefer bright, or even sunny, positions; in the summer it is best to protect the plants from excessive insolation, especially during the hottest weeks. These plants can be grown in an apartment, at a minimum temperature close to 15-18°C; it is also possible to place them outside, as they can bear short periods of frost, provided they do not receive any watering during the coldest months of the year.
For this reason, usually the plants of glorious superb in Italy are grown in pots, so that they can be moved, depending on the climate, in a place appropriate to their development. In order for the plant to extend its stems at will, it is advisable to equip the container with a trellis, or a scaffold of metal wire or bamboo.
- Tuberous plant, of which only some varieties are known, native to Asia and tropical Africa; it is a real climber with deciduous leaves, the thin stems produce tendrils with which to grow and grow.
- The Glorious Rothschildian belongs to the family of Liliaceae and has its origins in tropical Africa; it is a plant that can reach a height of about two meters, the shoots are wrapping and branching.
- The glorious yucca is a succulent shrub of the Agavaceae family and comes from the South-East of the United States. It is very common here, not only in the garden, but also among indoor plants. …
From March to September, water the climbing lily frequently, avoiding leaving the soil dry for prolonged periods of time; after flowering, it is best to thin the watering, until they are completely suspended when the temperatures drop, in order to allow the plant to enter a vegetative resting place. During the months of development, it is advisable to give the plant some fertilizer for flowering plants, mixed with the water of the waterings.
These plants prefer soils rich in organic matter, soft and deep, very well drained. Usually, we utilize a mixture formed by leaf mould, universal mould and a small quantity of sand, in order to help the drainage of the excess water.
In autumn it is possible to divide the tubers, keeping for each portion some thin, but well developed, roots; during this time of the year it is also possible to detach from the plant possible lateral shoots, to be rooted in a single container. In a sheltered place, with a constant temperature close to 18°C, it is possible to sow the small dark seeds, which will germinate within a few weeks.
Climbing Lily – Superb Glorious: Pests and Diseases
Superb glorious bulbs can be damaged by rottenness if grown in poorly drained or excessively moist soil; the foliage is sometimes spoiled by the attack of aphids and mites.