How Do You Care for African Lilies?


African lilies require well-drained soil and full sun for best growth. They are not tolerant of cold weather and should be brought indoors during the winter. Plants may be started from seed or divided.

  1. Plant African lilies

    Choose a location that receives full sun in the north or light shade in the south. Dig a hole that is 2 inches deep. If planting multiple settings, space the holes 6 inches apart. Supplement the soil with peat moss or compost. Mulch to retain moisture. Water thoroughly, and fertilize regularly during the blooming season.

  2. Prepare for winter

    Gradually reduce watering in the fall, allowing the soil to dry out. Leave dead foliage on the plant to store nourishment for the next year's blooms. In colder climates, move container plants indoors for the winter. Lilies planted in the ground should be dug up once the plant goes dormant. Store the roots in a cool, dry location until spring.

  3. Propagate African lilies

    African lilies can be grown indoors from seed at any time. After covering the seeds lightly, maintain a temperature of 75 F until germination occurs in 21 to 35 days. Propagate by division in early spring or late winter for best blooming.