Members of Eccremocarpus are shrubby climbers.
Although they are hardy or half hardy perennials they are usually grown as half hardy annuals in warm climates.
They carry tubular orange, yellow or red flowers in the summer.
More common names for Eccremocarpus include Glory flower and Chilean Glory flower.
Chilean glory flower photograph by Jess Beemouse
Common Names: Chilean Glory Flower.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial. Half hardy perennial usually grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 50 to 275 inches (125 to 700 cm).
Native: South America.
Growing Region: Zones 5 to 10. As a perennial in 8 to 10.
Flower Details: Yellow, red, pink, orange. Tubular.
Sow Outside: Cover seeds. Three weeks after last frost. Spacing: 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: two weeks to two months. Temperature 61 to 70°F (16 to 21°C), five or six weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors three weeks after the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight. Good drainage. Rich soil. Moist soil. Light soils. Provide trellis.
You can grow Glory flowers outside by sowing the seed in the middle of spring (after the last frost); simply cover the seeds with topsoil once sown. They should be grown in a sunny area of the garden that has good drainage. Glory flowers like to grow in a soil that is moist and light in nature.
If you plan to start the Eccremocarpus genus plants off indoors first then they should be prepared about 5 or 6 weeks before they are due to be transplanted into the garden in the middle of spring. They will take about two to eight weeks to germinate at 16 to 21 degrees centigrade.
Eccremocarpus photograph by Leonora Enking.
The young Glory flower should be spaced at about 30 cm apart (though its better just to grow one plant) onto a trellis so that it can climb. If you plan to grow Glory flowers as perennials then they should be pruned at the beginning of spring.
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