The Q&A Archives: Stargazer lily

Question: I just received a potted stargazer lily which I want to keep indoors year round but the problem is I know nothing about keeping these beautiful plant well cared for in fact I know next to nothing about plants period!!!!
So I need some direction on watering them, how much sun they will need as well as size pot to keep them in etc...? Any help with this will be truly appreciated. Thanks---Sonni

Answer: Stargazer lilies typically bloom in summer so I suspect that your gift plant was forced into early bloom. These plants don't make very good houseplants. They require at least 8 hours of direct sunshine each day in order to bloom again, and since yours has been forced to bloom out of its natural season, it may take it a year or two to recover before it is capable of blooming again. My suggestion is to place it outdoors. Once your Stargazer lily is finished blooming, cut off the flower stalk, and place the plant in the brightest window indoors until the weather is warm enough to plant outdoors. Keep the plant well watered and begin fertilizing with a complete fertilizer monthly. By June, plant it outdoors in a sunny flower bed as you would a normal lily and it should be fine. Keep the soil moist. The lily may even flower again this summer. More likely it will dieback and come out next summer when all the other lilies grow and bloom. If you keep the plant in its pot and sink the pot into the ground, you can unearth it and bring it back indoors while it's blooming. This will at least give you a few weeks of indoor lily growing before it is time to take it back outside.

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