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Grooming jewelry lily - how it's done


A container plant is always on the advance: we are talking about the ornamental lily. No wonder, because the magnificent perennial is robust and easy to maintain.

Jewelry lilies have beautiful flowers

Jewelery lilies really have beautiful, lush flowers that are a real eye-catcher in the garden. They usually bloom in the most wonderful shades of blue and white and are ideal for the balcony and terrace. But they also cut a good figure in beds. If you then properly overwinter the plants, you will enjoy them for a long time.

Location and soil for the jewelry lilies

The jewelry lily or agapanthus thrives best in the blazing sun. The plant originally comes from South Africa and therefore likes it warm and sunny. The location should therefore also be oriented and protected to the east or south. The sun should shine here for at least half a day.

As far as the floor and the substrate are concerned, you don't really have to pay special attention here. If possible, the soil in the bed should be nutritious and well permeable to water. If the soil is poor in nutrients, simply enrich it with some mature compost before planting.

If you want to plant the jewelry lily in buckets, you should mix normal potting soil with some sand. Planting the jewelry lily in a bucket is not recommended, however, as the roots develop enormous strength and can destroy the bucket.

Water and fertilize jewelry lilies

The plant needs a lot of water. But there should never be waterlogging. If you forget to water it, you don't have to be afraid that the plant will die. It can withstand dry periods of several weeks. This is because the jewelry lily stores water in the roots.

It is best to fertilize the jewelry lily in spring and autumn with a thick layer of compost. In summer you should not fertilize at all, because with too much fertilizer more leaves than flowers are formed. Of course, this reduces the beauty of the jewelry lilies.

Winter lilies overwinter

Although the jewelry lily is hardy, you should still bring it indoors. Especially if you keep your jewelry lily in a pot. There is insufficient frost protection here. You could protect the jewelry lily, but it is easier to overwinter inside the bucket. Place the buckets in a dark room and water the lilies very little.

Jewelry lilies that grow in beds can be left there in winter. You should cover them with some leaves or brushwood in the cold season.

So you can multiply jewelry lilies

When the pot is completely rooted, you have to repot the jewelry lily. You can then multiply the plant in the same breath. You should do that calmly, otherwise you will eventually need a huge flower pot for the plant. You can find out how to do this in our article Multiplying lily with offshoots.