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What is a Christmas Lily?

Christmas Lily plant guide
Look no further than the Christmas Lily (Hippeastrum), a long-lasting and brightly coloured flower that is also known as amaryllis or Barbados lily. Not only do their trumpet-shaped flowers look great as part of a larger arrangement, but they're also very easy to grow.

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Also question is, how do you take care of Christmas lilies?

How to Care for Lilies

  1. During active growth, water freely—especially if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  2. Keep lilies mulched so that their roots are cool.
  3. Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from planting until 6 weeks after flowering.

Similarly, what do you do with Christmas lilies after they bloom? The Flowers Lily flowers should be removed as soon as they fade. Blooms left in place will produce seed, which diverts energy from flower production and plant growth. The flowers can be cut or pinched off. Alternatively, cut the stalks when the blooms first open and use them in floral arrangements.

Also question is, where do Christmas lilies grow?

Lilies should be planted, about 100mm deep in a well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. They can be planted from May until September. As the bulbs are actively growing all year round they can't be lifted like other bulbs and stored. This is why they are sold either wrapped in sawdust or growing in containers.

When should you lift Christmas lilies?

Existing bulbs need not be lifted unless the clumps have become too congested and this is normally done about every four to five years. Division is done at this time of the year while they are semidormant and the soil is moist. Carefully dig around the clump so that you can lift the whole clump – bulbs, roots and soil.

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