INFORMATION ABOUT AMAZON LILY…
By: Nikki Phipps
Image by Chris Gladis The Amazon Lily (Eucharis grandiflora) is a beautiful shade-loving plant from South America. Its bulb produces attractive dark green foliage. The flower stem may grow to be 12 inches and is topped off by four or five nodding white flowers in early spring. The flowers are trumpet shaped.
Mature clumps of Amazon lilies can bloom at different times of the year, but more often than not, it will flower in the spring.
The blooms of Amazon lilies are highly fragrant and will add a nice aromatic touch to indoor settings. The fragrance is frequently described as sweet and is considered highly desirable.
The Amazon lily thrives in regions where the temperature remains between is 60-70 degrees. It makes an excellent potted plant, but can also be placed in the garden in frost-free regions.
They are quite easy to grow, provided temperatures falling below 45 degrees are avoided and the soil is kept moist. The bulbs of Amazon lilies will go dormant if the temperatures goes near freezing and they enjoy heavy feeding and plenty of water.
The bulbs of the Amazon lily should be planted in the spring with the tip on the surface of the soil. This plant will over winter in frost-free climates without any problems.
The Amazon lily prefers shade and sheltered areas. But, that having been said, it can tolerate sunnier locations.
Amazon lilies do not like to be disturbed, so keep them in the same container or location for several years. If an Amazon Lily bulb is disturbed, it may take several years for it to recover and bloom again.
Amazon lily flowers are very showy and under the right circumstances will even bloom in winter. After blooming, the bulbs can be encouraged to bloom again by holding back fertilizer and water but only enough to keep the leaves from wilting. When new growth appears, begin watering and fertilizing again.
On occasion fungus within the soil has been known to affect Amazon lilies.