Lilium Candidum: Madonna Lily Care and Growing Guide
12.10.2023 - 05:55
/ Oliver Greenfield
Discover all the tips and tricks to grow the timeless flower – Lilium candidum, commonly known as the Madonna Lily and enjoy its intoxicating fragrance in your garden!
USDA Zones: 5-9
Madonna Lily (Lilium Candidum) belongs to the Liliaceae family and hails from the Mediterranean region.
Division Propagation (Easiest Method)
Note: In regions with mild winters, you can leave the bulbs in the ground year-round. Lilium Candidum bulbs are generally hardy and can tolerate mild frosts.
For growing Lilium candidum in a pot, choose a container at least 8-10 inches in diameter – it will support the plant’s growth for 2-3 years, post which, you can then re-pot it into a one size bigger pot than the old one.
Plant your Lilium candidum in a spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. More sunlight generally leads to more blooms.
If possible, plant in an area where the lily will receive morning sunlight and partial afternoon shade. The intense heat of late afternoon sun can sometimes be too harsh, especially if you live in a hot climate.
Madonna Lily prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. Go for:
Water Lilium candidum moderately, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Always water at the base of the plant, avoiding wetting the foliage.
Follow the trick of watering the plant when the topsoil goes a little dry.
Maintain temperatures between 65-90°F (18-32°C) for Lilium candidum. It prefers a moderate climate. Humidity levels should be around 40-50%.
Avoid extreme temperature fluctuations and drafty areas, as this can stress the plant. Consistent, moderate conditions promote healthy growth.
Fertilize Lilium candidum with a balanced liquid