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What does a Christmas Lily look like?

Last Updated: 14th January, 2020

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Look no further than the Christmas Lily (Hippeastrum), a long-lasting and brightly coloured flower that is also known as amaryllis or Barbados lily. Not only do their trumpet-shaped flowers look great as part of a larger arrangement, but they're also very easy to grow.

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Besides, how do you take care of Christmas lilies?

How to Care for Lilies

  1. During active growth, water freely—especially if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  2. Keep lilies mulched so that their roots are cool.
  3. Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from planting until 6 weeks after flowering.

Additionally, do lilies multiply? Lilies use the foliage on their stems to produce the energy they'll need for next year's flowers. Lilies are hardy perennials and in zones 4-9 the bulbs can be left right in the garden for the winter. Over time, most lily bulbs multiply and the plants grow into large clumps that produce multiple stems.

Also know, how do you grow Christmas lilies?

Growing Lilies Plant bulbs immediately on arrival - do not allow bulbs to dry out before planting. They like an area that has semi-shade or full sun, and well-drained, slightly acidic soil with good humus content. Work bulb food into the planting area and cover the bulbs with 10cm (4inches) of good, friable soil.

What is special about a lily?

The lily is a beautiful flower ranked as the fourth most popular flower across the globe! Lilies come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors, perfect for any special someone in your life. A white lily traditionally symbolizes modesty and new beginnings. An orange lily symbolizes passion.

Related Question Answers

Danguole Baigushev

Professional

What do you do with lilies in the winter?

Overwintering lilies in cool climes starts with digging the bulbs from the soil. Wait until the foliage has died back but remove them from the ground before any danger of frost occurs. Carefully lift the bulbs and divide them if necessary. Rinse the soil from the bulbs and check them for mold or damage.

Naseem Opayne

Professional

Do you cut back lilies for winter?

Cut back each flowering stem as the last bloom wilts throughout summer. Remove the stalks at their base, cutting through them with shears or a knife. Trim back the foliage on deciduous day lilies as the leaves die back naturally in fall or early winter.

Alexandar

Professional

What do you do with Christmas lilies after they bloom?

The Flowers
Lily flowers should be removed as soon as they fade. Blooms left in place will produce seed, which diverts energy from flower production and plant growth. The flowers can be cut or pinched off. Alternatively, cut the stalks when the blooms first open and use them in floral arrangements.

Chunguang Thomason

Explainer

Do lilies spread?

Asian lilies, Oriental Lilies, Tiger Lilies, and American hybrids all can be propagated in the garden. When cared for and left to themselves, lilies will quickly spread out and can fill a garden bed over the period of a few seasons. Early fall is a good time to propagate lilies.

Dariel Klingauf

Explainer

When should you lift Christmas lilies?

Existing bulbs need not be lifted unless the clumps have become too congested and this is normally done about every four to five years. Division is done at this time of the year while they are semidormant and the soil is moist. Carefully dig around the clump so that you can lift the whole clump – bulbs, roots and soil.

Xufeng Fundo

Pundit

Should I deadhead lilies?

A gardener does not need to deadhead lilies in order for the plant to remain healthy. People concerned with tidy garden appearance may choose to trim off old, spent lily flowers from the stem tips to make the plant look better.

Endika Grossterlinden

Pundit

What do lilies symbolize?

Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies are the 30th anniversary flower - while lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower. As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.

Denisa Tressl

Pundit

What is the best fertilizer for lilies?

As a rule of thumb, a 10-20-20 mix of slow-release fertilizer is best to keep your lilies in peak condition. For large plants with lots of blooms a second application just before flowering is fine.

Marilee Zufiria

Pundit

What kind of fertilizer do Lilies like?

They prefer nutrient-dense soil that drains well. Mix in a blend of composted manure, vegetable compost and a soil conditioner at a ratio of 25 to 50 percent with native soil. Work this in to a depth of 12 inches prior to planting. Lilies grow best in a soil pH of about 6.5.

Jayme Schoenert

Pundit

Where is the best place to plant lilies?

Lilies should be planted where they can get full sun or at least half day sun. In hot climates they appreciate being shaded from afternoon heat. Though lilies don't take up a lot of space in the garden, they also don't like to be crowded.

Jare Sultana

Teacher

What do you feed lilies?

Feeding. Feed lilies when they come into flower. Lilies are heavy feeders. As they come into flower, feed them with a high-potassium liquid fertiliser – such as tomato feed – every two weeks.

Abdelrahim Fontana

Teacher

What is the black stuff on my lilies?

Velvety black spots or growth on the lily is the sign that your plant has sooty mold. Sooty mold affects the look of the lily but rarely harms the plant. An extreme infestation can cover entire leaves and prevent photosynthesis.

Nataraja Belikovetsky

Teacher

How do you take care of potted lilies?

How to Take Care of Potted Lily Flowers
  1. If you choose your own lily check the stem.
  2. A potted lily needs indirect sunlight so keep it in a bright location but avoid direct sun.
  3. Place your plant in a cool location away from direct heat sources.
  4. Water your plant every couple days.
  5. Pinch the pollen sacs off your lilies so they don't make a mess.

Itai Balog

Reviewer

What is a Christmas Lily?

Noun. Christmas lily (plural Christmas lilies) A bright red variety of lily that blooms in the Southern Hemisphere around Christmas.

Cristiane Bickard

Reviewer

Can you store lily bulbs over winter?

Storing lily bulbs over winter in an area that remains extremely cold, simply cover with mulch. However, in a wet environment through out winter months, you will need to dig them every Fall. Or treat them as annuals. Additionally, purchasing new ones every year.

Cristea Howarth

Reviewer

Do you cut back hydrangeas in the fall?

Fall Blooming
Prune in late winter and early spring. Prune as far back as you want right above the first leaf joints. It will grow from that point onward, getting larger each year. Read more about pruning hydrangeas, and learn whether your shrub blooms on old or new growth in “Pruning Hydrangeas” by Janet Carson.

François Diesperger

Reviewer

Can I grow lilies from a bouquet?

Lilies will not grow directly from stem cuttings; they must first form bulbils, so be patient. The rest provide plenty of bulblets for the picking and planting on their mother bulbs' growth plates or along the underground sections of their stems.

Vicki Muhlenbach

Supporter

Can you move lilies in the summer?

Lilies are beautiful perennial flowers that come back to bloom each summer, but over time, they can get overcrowded when their bulb structure is too large. Luckily, you can dig up your lilies at the end of the growing season to divide and plant them again.

Connor Kummerer

Supporter

When can I divide lilies?

Lilies produce from bulbs and need to be divided and transplanted in the fall for the best results. Experts say late September or early October is when to move lilies. Immediately start transplanting lily bulbs once they have been lifted. The best time to transplant lilies will depend on your zone.