By Nikki Phipps
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, trumpet-shaped white flowers in early spring. Read on to get tips for growing Amazon lilies.
Amazon Lily Flowers
Mature clumps of Amazon lilies can bloom at different times of the year but, more often than not, it will flower in the spring. These blooms 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.
Amazon lily flowers are very showy and under the right circumstances will even bloom in winter.
Care of Amazon Lily Bulbs
The Amazon lily thrives in regions where the temperature remains between is 60-70 degrees F. (16-21 C.). 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 F. (7 C.) are avoided and the soil is kept moist. The bulbs of Amazon lilies will go dormant if the temperatures near freezing and they enjoy heavy feeding and plenty of water. This plant will over winter in frost-free climates without any problems.
The bulbs of the Amazon lily should be planted in the spring with the tip on the surface of the soil. 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.
After blooming, the bulbs can be encouraged to rebloom 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 lily bulbs.