Grow And Care Glory Bower – The Glory Bower (Clerodendrum) is originally from Africa and usually regarded as a greenhouse plant, its climbing stems reaching 8 ft or more. Glory Bower is adorned with rich crimson flowers peeking from white, balloon-like calyxes. Flowering heaviest in the spring, its deep, forest-green leaves are a welcome sight after a long dormant winter. Most are subtropical evergreens from the family verbenaceae. Some are vining, others are large shrubs or small trees.
By pruning in winter, however, it can be trained as a bush or hanging basket plant. The flowers appear in summer among the heart-shaped leaves. In summer it requires high air humidity, good light and warmth; in winter it must be given a rest with infrequent watering and cool conditions.
In summer it requires high air humidity, good light and warmth; in winter it must be given a rest with infrequent watering and cool conditions.
Clerodendrum thomsoniae (Bleeding Heart Vine) has long, weak stems – pinch out tips for room display. Allow stems to trail or to twine around an upright support. The leaves have a quilted look.
Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glory Bower) is loaded with fragrant cascades of blooms after only a few years, and it attracts a carnival of many colorful bees and butterflies. Clerodendrum trichotmum can grow into a tree, as high as 50 feet, but usually heights of 20 feet or so are more common.
Glory Bower planting tips
Propagate from the seed in spring at 55-64°F (13-18°C). Remove suckers in fall or spring from trees and shrubs. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer using bottom heat. Semi-ripe cuttings are cuttings taken from semi-mature wood. Glory Bower grows best with full sun exposure. Shrubs work well in a border, and climbers can be trained over a pergola, trellis, or any other supportive structure. It needs fertile soil to grow well. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis during the growing season.
Secrets of success
Temperature: Warm or average warmth. Keep cool (55°-60°F) in winter.
Light: Brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight.
Water: Keep compost moist at all times throughout spring and summer. Water very sparingly in winter.
Repotting: Repot in spring every year.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings in spring.
Pests: Prone to mealybugs, aphids, whiteflies, cankers, leaf spots, and galls.