(Taking care of Indoor Lilies and its other varieties)
Is it possible to grow Lilies indoors? Well, they may be more difficult than and as hard as growing tulips and daffodils but the good thing is, it can still be done! Yes, growing lilies indoors is possible.
Every one of us loves Lilies, and if not, well… Most of us do. With their large flashy blossoms, Lilies add a striking elegance your home and garden. Growing them indoors is popular for your home and offices.
By growing flower bulbs indoors, you get to enjoy the feeling of summertime during the dull and cold winter months. When the weather is warmer outdoors, the bulbs can also be transplanted to a garden box or just remain inside your house for blooming.
They will take a little extra care…by using a few extra growing techniques that you may or may not be familiar with, and with the proper care and attention, lilies can possibly be grown indoors. You may also see A beginner’s guide to a beautiful flower garden if you are a beginner.
(Species of Lilies that is easy and popular to grow as Houseplants.)
Many of us and even some gardeners don’t realize that there are various different types of lilies, which also have different needs and each bloom at a different time during the summer.
Planting a few bulbs of each kind of this plant will have lilies in bloom literally all summer long. While not all types of lilies are common in the flower trade, you sure will have your new favorite flower from this list (Or check out Indoor Lily Plant Types for more):
Asiatic lilies are the easiest ones to grow and care for beginning flower gardeners probably due to the high hybridization.
They have some of the largest blooms in the lily family, and are known for their range of colors, shapes, and patterns of the hybrids in this category.
Asiatic Lily flowers are mostly unscented with flowers that can be upward facing, horizontally held or drooping.
There are as many different colors of Asiatic lily as there are in the rainbow, with the exception of true blue.
Many varieties have dark spots or contrasting “halos”, lending to their dramatic appeal.
Hummingbirds are particularly attracted to Red Velvet, Karen North and White Lace varieties.
Asiatic lily multiplies rapidly and is the earliest to bloom in the garden, in early summer and continuing into July.
Because they are ideal for growing in pots, Asiatic lilies are available pot-grown throughout the summer.
Oriental Lilies are not quite as easy to grow, but like Asiatic Lilies, they are one of the most popular ornamental varieties of lilies.
Oriental Lilies are the classic “late Bloomers”. They bloom after the Asiatic Lilies continuing the Lily parade in your garden well into the season.
They are known as the most flamboyant personalities with the Lily world.They have enormous blooms in soft colors that are often accented by freckles, stripes, or spots on the petals. They are characterized by their extremely large flowers, extraordinary fragrance, and gorgeous colors.
Oriental Lilies also thrive in cooler regions and can tolerate less than ideal soil conditions.Oriental lilies are much larger than their Asian counterpart and very fragrant, making them a popular addition to the cut flower garden. Many Oriental lilies may grow 3 to 6 feet in height, much taller than Asiatic lilies.
Also known as the Aurelian Lily, the Trumpet Lily is the most iconic Lily due to its huge trumpet shape flowers and their impressive height.
Trumpet lilies just like Oriental Lilies are also very fragrant, and can fill your house or garden with a beautiful scent.
They most likely bloom just after the Asiatic lilies and before the Oriental Lilies.
They are easy to grow and produce 12 – 15 flowers per stalk for an impressive long display and additional color to the perennial border, at a time where it is lacking.
Planting trumpet lily bulbs is possible both in plant containers and in the garden box (which are both available at garden supply stores or online like at gardensonata.com.au). Always keep in mind that trumpet lily plants can reach up to 6 feet in height, so make sure to use a large, heavy plant container.
If you’re planting outdoors, in your garden box, space the bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart and 8 inches deep.
Martagon Lilies are amazingly decorative and very easy to grow which makes them a great houseplant. They feature magnanimous 2 – 4 inches flowers approximately 5 – 10 cm.
Martagon Lilies have a reputation of being one of those plants that are difficult to grow, but considering their ethereal 5 foot wands of the mature plants make a little worth it.
They bloom in the early to mid-summer and come back year after year and constitute excellent border plants that provide a striking color and contrast to the perennial border which mix beautifully with other summer flowering bulbs.
Their stem may and can consist up to 50 flowers, although generally their average number of flowers is just 12 – 24.
Martagon Lilies are highly disease resistant and thrive best in a full sun or partly shade, they grow for about 3 – 6 feet tall on slender stems clad with short leaves.
They are extremely showy and exotic looking lilies that add beauty to your garden with their bright, vibrant colors, delicate shapes and their heavenly scents.
Orienpet Lilies or sometimes called as the “Tree Lilies” or “giant Lilies” are cross breed lilies between Oriental and Trumpet Lilies.
They combine the best features of both plants, which are the heavenly fragrance, enormous flowers, and sturdy garden performance.
They bloom about 2 weeks earlier than Orientals.They often have more intense colors in cooler weather, with the colors fading in high heat.
Outstanding fragrance is another bonus with these vigorous lilies.
Orienpets can grow quite tall and bloom late for the most part, from mid-August through to October, depending on the weather.
In most cases, they can withstand hot or afternoon sun and will adapt to most soils very well. However, they are best grown in morning sun and afternoon shade. They may take a little extra care but are well worth the effort!
(How to grow and take care of a Lily plant in your Home)
Though various lilies may look like they’d be fussy plants, they are actually very easy to grow. They’re not very peculiar about the soil type or pH and they would grow well in full sun, part sun, dappled shade and even light shade.
True lilies grow from bulbs and can be planted in spring, but getting them into the ground in autumn gives them a head start.
Because they are stem rooters and the bulb often anchors a heavy blossom load, it’s important to dig it at least 8 to 10 inches from top of bulb to top of soil. In regions where temperatures skyrocket above 90 degrees F on a daily basis, sink the bulbs an extra 4 inches or so deeper.
Lilies are native to shady, moist, and hot tropical rainforests. Therefore in most climates, Lilies cannot be left outside your house all year round (Unless you live in a tropical country where there are no winter seasons.)
However, inside the safety of your home, where it is usually relatively warm and humid compared to the outside environment, the plant can do well.
Depending on your climate, you may be able to leave your lily plants outdoors for a part of the year on a shady patio on plant shelves or similar location when the weather is warm and humid. If you happen to live in a tropical location, however, you can safely leave your plant outside on your garden all year-round.
Plant them in plant containers that are wide enough for them to spread their roots. Almost any pot material would do fine (Such as Ceramic, Clay, and plastic) and make sure that the pot you’re going to use has one or more drainage holes on the bottom. Drainage is very important to plants because the lack of it may result your plant to root rot.
Use a peat-based potting soil that contains composted bark, along with sand or perlite. Ideally, your soil should be light and springy (to allow proper drainage) and have very little to no odor. If you’re going to plant your lilies in your garden box, place them in a berm, raised bed to ensure proper drainage.
Watering your plants intently would be the best care you could give to your lily plants.
When the potted soil is dry, add enough water to make it damp, but not so much as to create standing water and too little water will cause your plant to wilt and die.
Lilies do not like soggy soil. Both the growing medium and the plant container should have good drainage, and the soil should be allowed to dry out on the surface between watering.
If you don’t water your plant properly, you should be able to see it visibly droop. However, too much water can cause a condition called root rot which can also be fatal to your plant. Remember to water about once per week, or when the soil is dry. It is sometimes recommended to even wait until the plant has begun to wilt ever-so-slightly before each watering. Use clean room temperature water.
Lily plants generally like bright, indirect light. Place potted lilies where they receive bright light for six to eight hours daily, supplementing the light with grow bulbs if necessary.
So, placing them near a sunny window where light is filtered by sheers, blinds or other protection from direct sun that can cause sunburn would be a good choice.
Placing the plants within 3 feet of a sunny window provides high light for lilies, while at a distance of 6 feet; the lily is in low light and getting no direct light. Lily plants prefer a room temperature for foliage growth as well as during their blooming. Appropriate temperatures range between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Apart from refreshing water and indirect sunlight, your plant will not need much of maintenance. Fertilizers and nutrient supplements should not be essential to grow a healthy, thriving lily plant.
However, if you desire to do so (for some instances, because you want to grow your plant exceptionally large, and have vibrant blooms), take care so as not to over-fertilize it, as lily plants can be somewhat sensitive.
Use a standard 20-20-20 house plant fertilizer at one half or one quarter its recommended strength about once per month in the spring and summer, when the plant’s growth is most active.
You can give it every 3 months, and allow the liquid fertilizer to run out the bottom of the pot to help prevent the salt build ups in the growing medium.
Small insects, (such as aphids and mealybugs and even spider mites), loves to attack houseplants of virtually of every kind. These tiny pests suck sap from the undersides of your lily plant’s leaves which can cause spots to form on the upper surfaces.
The insects also excrete a sticky substance called honeydew that can drip from the plant onto furniture or flooring. (And can be really messy).
Placing the lily in the shower or using a kitchen sink sprayer can wash the insects off the plant.
Use a strong stream of water to blast the pests off of your plant, then, to make sure they don’t return, use a plant-safe insecticide.
Wiping dust off the leaves regularly and misting it can help prevent a visit from spider mites, (A minuscule pests that look like tiny, moving dots). They prefer warm, dry or dusty conditions and some species build small webs among the foliage. It is important to check your plant regularly or every week for pests.
Growing a Lily plant indoors may not be an easy task, but when you already knew how to take care of them properly, you would be rewarded by vibrantly gorgeous flowers that will make your home feel good and livelier, and your garden turn into a paradise filled with heavenly scents. See also Choosing the best flowers to grow indoors for more ideas.