Potlily care tips
A green thumb is certainly not required for the care of a pot lily – it is actually an easy plant to maintain. With some extra attention and the right care tips, this special beauty will continue to bloom for 2 to 4 weeks and you can enjoy this beauty to the fullest.
Lily Looks as a houseplant, garden, or patio plant
Lily Looks pot lilies have various options. You can enjoy the plant in your living room or kitchen, and when the plant has finished flowering you can plant the plant in your garden without the pot. Make sure that the top of the root ball is about 2 to 3 cm below the ground. Keep the plants moist after planting. The plant will die back in the fall and bloom again next summer.
You can also decide to use your pot lilies directly as a patio plant or as a perennial. They grow easily, and, depending on weather conditions, will bloom for a long time in your garden. If you use the pot lilies as a patio plant and you want to keep them until the next year, you must keep the pot frost-free. In the autumn, after the leaves have died, put the plants in a cool, dry area. You can then put them outside again in the spring after the frost. As a patio plant, you must water the plant regularly, because the plant itself cannot get water from the surrounding soil.
If you want to plant bulbs in your garden, you can do it in 2 ways:
- In the autumn, when there is no frost in the soil yet, plant about 10 to 12 cm deep;
- In the spring, after frost, also plant 10 to 12 cm deep. Water regularly and keep the soil moist.
In both applications, you will see the lilies bloom in early summer.
Place the plant in a light and sunny spot, but not in direct sunlight. Water normally, about 2x a week. The potting soil may remain slightly moist. The ideal temperature is between 15 and 20°C. If it is warmer, water the plant every other day or even every day on hot days. Make sure that the soil does not get too wet! If the sun is very bright, the pot lily can dry out too quickly. You can see this by the green leaf that starts to shine. This is the time to give extra water and possibly give the plant some extra shade.
In general, the soil outside is sufficiently fertilized for the lily. If you fertilize the entire garden, you can also fertilize the lily, but you don’t need to fertilize extra.
Cut faded flowers from the plant to allow new flowers to come into their own.
You cannot plant the lily outside when it freezes, as the plant will die. Only the bulbs are hardy. Then keep the lily in the house and water regularly. You can plant the lily outdoors in the spring, after frost, until the fall. In the fall, the leaves will turn yellow. In the spring, the lily will come out of the ground again and bloom at the beginning of summer.
After the Bloom
When the plant has finished flowering, you can cut off the flowers, but leave the leaves. This prevents the plant from making seed buds. The production of ovules takes a lot of energy from the bulb and the plant. Leave as many leaves on the plant as possible. The photosynthesis provides the nutrition for the bulb, so you can enjoy your lily again the next season.
When the plant has finished flowering, you can plant the plant in your garden without the pot. Make sure that the top of the root ball is about 2 to 3 cm below the ground. Keep the plants moist after planting. The plant will die back in the fall and bloom again next summer.
A lily only blooms once a year, but will bloom again every year.
All fresh flowers have pollen and pistils. In this way, new varieties are created in nature. The stamens and pistil very often add the final touch to the flower’s beauty. Pollen is sometimes seen as an ‘annoying’ property. The pollen can leave annoying stains on clothing or other fabrics when accidentally touching the stamens. But this should of course not be an excuse not to leave this beauty in your house. This ‘problem’ is very easy to solve.
If pollen got on your clothing, gently tap the garment. If the stain is still fresh, you can also easily remove the pollen with a vacuum cleaner, without a brush. Do not rub the stain and do not get it wet!
If there is still some pollen left behind, you can let nature lend a hand. Place the garment outside in the sun and you will see that the stain disappears like snow in the sun.
If you don’t want to take any risks at all, choose a pollen-free pot lily. The Tiny Double You is a double-flowered, pollen-free pot lily from our range. We hope to be able to supply several variants in the future. We are working hard on this behind the scenes during breeding.
The buds of the lily have not opened, how is that possible?
All buds should open when you have given the plant enough water and placed it in a light-rich place where it is not too hot, for example on the windowsill. If the lily is in a too dark place, it is possible that the last buds will not open.
The leaves are turning yellow, what can I do about it?
It is quite normal for the leaves to turn yellow in the autumn. The plant then dies above the ground because it is winter. All the nutrition then goes to the bulb, so that a beautiful plant can bloom again the following year. If the leaves turn yellow while the lily is still in bloom, the plant should be moved to a brighter spot in the house. Then the lily is in a too dark place.
The color of the lily is not the same as the color stated on the label. How is that possible?
During the preparation of the lily for shipment, the wrong label most likely ended up in the plant. Our apologies for that.