If you are considering adding new houseplants, most especially if you want blooms and fragrance you can consider growing Cyrtanthus lily plant. Cyrtanthus lily which is also known as Cyrtanthus angustifolius is commonly called fire lily or ifafa lily. The plant will add spectacular, showy blooms to the houseplant collection and it will also offer a sweet, pleasing fragrance. Continue reading to learn how to plant Cyrtanthus lily and its care when growing them indoors as well as outdoor.


 How to Grow Cyrtanthus Lily

If you are actually planning a spring blooming garden, or you just want to add to the one you’ve already planted, you may include some types of the Cyrtanthus lily bulb. The tubular flowers form in clusters on scapes that rise above arching foliage on some of the sixty species. Other types of Cyrtanthus lily bulbs produce bell or star-shaped flowers. The foliage may appear before blooms or at the same time. Foliage actually varies by cultivar as well.

Furthermore, the Cyrtanthus lily plant is related to the popular Amaryllis that you may grow as a houseplant for its showy blossoms. The Cyrtanthus lily bulb is an excellent companion plant inside for the Amaryllis. The drooping blooms of some species flower in shades of maroon, white, red, or pink with long lasting flowers on the Cyrtanthus lilies indoors. Blooms grown indoors and outside may be used in cut arrangements and last 10 days to 2 weeks.   


Growing Cyrtanthus Lilies Indoors

Start the plant with a rich, indoor potting mix with good drainage. You can use a fairly large container, with drain holes, to allow for optimum root growth and to leave room for the offsets to grow. The soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings and light should be bright, but indirect. Plant the Cyrtanthus lily bulb for soonest flowering, or start with seeds. The containerized plants of the indoor Cyrtanthus lilies can be moved outside in summer to a partially shaded spot on the deck or patio.


Growing Cyrtanthus Lily Outdoors

Try and make sure that the cultivar you’re planting is suitable for growing in the ground in USDA Hardiness Zones nine and ten. The conditions for growing Cyrtanthus lily plant outside should be partly sunny to light shade in well-draining soil. In some areas, the Cyrtanthus lily plant prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. Plant the Cyrtanthus lily bulbs into an area where they can grow and develop for several years, at least five years. The neck of the Cyrtanthus lily bulb should protrude slightly from the soil. Once they are planted, the bulb does not actually like to be disturbed. Flowering may be temporarily delayed when the Cyrtanthus lily bulbs are moved prematurely. When you’re growing Cyrtanthus lily plants, they may continue to bloom through the summer. In the right location and the correct climate, they may even bloom in autumn. The Cyrtanthus lily plant care is actually similar to that of other lilies you may already have growing both indoors or outside. 

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