Vallota : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
Vallota speciosa is the Scarborough Lily producing bright red trumpet-shaped flowers in August and September, many of these being clustered at the top of the flower stem. New bulbs should be potted in April or May with the top of the bulb just covered by a well-drained loam-based, preferably in a clay pot. The plants should then not be disturbed for at least three to four years or whenever potting becomes necessary. Watering should always be moderate, allowing the surface to dry out between waterings. Feed established plants well between spring and flowering time. These plants are evergreen but they can be dried off after flowering and started again in March. I find it preferable to keep them going during winter, although reducing the watering slightly. There are several different forms giving different sized flowers, sometimes pink, white or bicoloured.