Hybrid Lily - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, CA
Question by bea06
November 10, 1999
What kind of environment does a Hybrid Lily need to survive indoors? Does it need lots of light? How much water? The plant came with no instructions.

Answer from NGA
November 10, 1999


The most popular Lilium species for growing indoors is the Easter Lily, but there are many, many others that will thrive indoors. To force your lily, plant the bulb in a 6" pot and cover the tip with 1 1/2 to 2 inches of potting soil. Water well, then keep in a cold, dark place until shoots appear. Bring the plant into bright light and keep the soil moist at all times. Your plant will grow from 2'-4' tall and produce fragrant flowers. Reduce watering as the leaves turn yellow and the stems die down. To have a repeat performance, repot in fresh soil, keep in a cool, dark location, and return to a bright spot when new shoots appear.

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