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Lily of the nile
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Perennial evergreen with strap-like foliage, and in the summer months, bare stalks topped with whorls of deep-blue, funnel-shaped blossoms. Good container plant.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

  • February
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

  • March
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy when available in the nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Mulch

        Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Mulch

        Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Harvest

        At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Mulch

        Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Harvest

        At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    • Plant

        Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Prune

        After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

    • Mulch

        Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Transplant

        Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

    • Harvest

        At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

    • Water

        Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

    • Prune

        After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Harvest

        At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

  • October
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

  • November
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

    • Propagate

        When the plant becomes crowded, divide and transplant in a well-draining site when the ground is dry. Water after transplanting.

  • December
    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Buy when available in the nursery.

            • May

              Buy when available in the nursery.

            • June

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

            • July

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

            • August

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

            • September

              Buy when in bloom so you can choose the flower color.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

            • May

              Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

            • June

              Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

            • July

              Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

            • August

              Plant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

              • May

                Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

              • June

                Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

              • July

                Fertilize once with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

              • May

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

              • June

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

              • July

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

              • August

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

              • September

                Established plants tolerate some drought but do best with twice weekly watering at this time of year. Water container plants when the top two inches of soil dries out.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • August

                After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

              • September

                After blooms are spent, cut the stalks to the base of the plant.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • May

                Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • June

                Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • July

                Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • August

                Keep the roots cool and moist through the summer months and cut down on watering by mulching with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • February

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • March

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • April

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • May

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • June

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • July

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • August

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • September

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • October

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • November

                  Check for snails and slugs.

                • December

                  Check for snails and slugs.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • February

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • March

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • April

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • May

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • June

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • July

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • August

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • September

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • October

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • November

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

                • December

                  If snails and slugs are found, remove manually and destroy and/or treat with iron phosphate bait.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

                • May

                  Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

                • June

                  Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

                • July

                  Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

                • August

                  Transplant when the ground and weather is warm in a full-sun to part-shade location with excellent drainage.

              • Propagate

                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • November

                  When the plant becomes crowded, divide and transplant in a well-draining site when the ground is dry. Water after transplanting.

              • Harvest

                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • June

                  At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

                • July

                  At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

                • August

                  At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

                • September

                  At the peak of bloom, cut flower stalks at the base of the plant and enjoy in a vase of water or hang upside down to dry.

              • Special requirements

                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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