Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile
Lily of the Nile (Photo credit: Khirol Amir)

I just bought my first Lily of the Nile last week.  When I saw the pics of this flower in bloom, I knew that there was no way I could pass up purchasing one to sit on my front porch.

I anxiously looked up care instructions when I got home, and found some of the following information helpful.

They do not like to sit in water, so find a sight that is well drained if you are planting in a flower bed in your yard.  If you have very cold winters, this plant might be an annual in your area so check that out as well before planting.

I have my plant in a pot on the porch- and from what I read they make a lovely potted plant as well. They don’t seem to be very particular about what type of soil, only make sure it drains well.

These plants need full sun, so try to set them out somewhere where they will get at least 5 hours of sun- they can do ok with a little less- but the plant will thrive if it gets more sun rather than less.

If you are planting these from the bulbs- make sure to plant with the pointy end facing up, and about 2 inches deep.  These bulbs are very easy to find this time of year- I have seen them in several stores- from Walmart to Kroger to Home Improvement stores and of course gardening centers.

From what I have read, it sounds like you can overwater these beauties, so make sure to not make them too soggy, esp. after you have first planted the bulbs. Let me know if you are trying these out, and I will continue to update on how my plants are doing as the spring progresses.

Happy Planting!

Lilies of the Nile at Dusk

Lilies of the Nile at Dusk (Photo credit: Living in Monrovia)


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