How to Grow Chilean Glory Flowers

Chilean glory flower at night

 
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Are you searching for something to cloak your archways or climb up trellises? The Chilean glory flower may be just what you are looking for.

These perennial vines are fast growers and boast tubular, bright orange, yellow, or red flowers. The flowers are produced on spikes or racemes, making a long stem of showy blooms. As if these beautiful blooms weren’t enough, they also attract hummingbirds. The leaves are light green and have an oval shape with deep veins. Typically, these vines produce their beautiful blooms in mid-summer.

If you live in areas with cold winters, they will continue to bloom until frost. Though a perennial in the right climate, many cultivate this as an annual vine. Since they cannot survive cold winters, collecting mature seeds or cuttings from the plant in autumn will allow you to replant in the spring for another year of vibrant flowers.

Botanical Name Eccremocarpus scaber
Common Name Glory flower, Chilean glory flower
Plant Type Perennial or annual
Mature Size 10-15 feet
Sun Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type Rich, light, well-draining
Soil pH Neutral 
Bloom Time Summer 
Flower Color Yellow, orange, orange-red, red
Hardiness Zones  8 to 10
Native Area Chile

Chilean Glory Flower Care

Despite its delicate look, this vine is quite hardy and easy to care for and likes moderate to slightly dry conditions.

Providing a surface for these plants to climb is essential for a healthy, trailing vine. Walls, trellises, archways, or even a tree make wonderful climbing spots. With only a small amount of maintenance, these vines will reward you with vibrant blooms and may even attract pollinators, including hummingbirds, to your garden.

Light

Being native to sunny Chile, these vining plants need lots of sunshine to thrive. They will tolerate partial shade, but may not produce as many flowers. For the biggest bloom, plant these vines in full sun.

Soil

The Chilean glory flower loves rich, light soil. Adding compost or organic matter to the soil before planting will give your glory flower a fantastic springboard for growth. This type of soil is also important for proper drainage, which is crucial for this vine.

Water

This vining plant is not needy when it comes to watering. With adequate rain, you may not need to water much. During drier periods, an extra drink will be much appreciated.

These plants like moderate to drier conditions, so beware of overwatering. Be sure that water does not sit in the roots, which could kill the vine. Allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings.

Temperature and Humidity

Though the Chilean glory flower can be kept in areas with cold winters as an annual, it will not survive as a perennial. In zones 8 to 10, it can be kept outside year-round for its evergreen leaves.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer gives an extra boost of nutrients that many plants need to produce healthy foliage and more blooms. The Chilean glory flower is no different, and monthly fertilization during its growing period will keep these bright flowers blooming.

These vines like a well balanced, liquid fertilizer that is applied during watering sessions.

Propagating Chilean Glory Flower

Though this vine is quite hardy, it does not transplant well, so it is not suited to propagation by division. Starting with cuttings, however, is easy. Here is how:

1. Trim cuttings from the ends of the vine.

2. Remove the bottom set of leaves.

3. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone and place it in light, rich soil.

4. Keep your cuttings moist while they take root.

Growing Chilean Glory Flower From Seeds

The Chilean glory flower also sprouts easily from seeds, and can even be started indoors during the winter. This will help prolong the blooming period during the summer by giving your vine a head start.

Here is how you would start your vine from seed:

1. In the fall, collect mature seeds. Placing a bag over seedpods will help you collect them all.

2. For areas with cold winters, start your seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.

3. Sow the seeds on top of a light, rich soil, gently pressing them in.

4. Keep moist.

5. Once your vine has sprouted a few inches, plant outside three weeks after the last frost.

If you live in an area with warm winters, you can sow the seeds directly into your garden.

Growing in Containers

The Chilean glory vine not only makes a statement in your garden. These plants can also be grown in containers and kept on porches or patios.

When choosing a pot, make sure it has drainage holes to help avoid soggy roots. Some pots come with trellises, which is a great option. However, placing the pot by a wall or archway will do just as nicely.