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How to Grow Rain Lily? Top 5 tricks to know

How to Grow Rain Lily? Top 5 tricks to know

Rain Lily which are also known as Zephyr Lily is the easiest flower to grow. Here I have compiled a few tips and tricks which will help you grow Rain lily in your garden or backyard.

Rain lilies are simple and profoundly beautiful flowers. As the name says, this flower only blooms after a rain shower.No, doubt! Rain lilies are shows stoppers in the garden during the entire monsoon season. 

Here are some easy steps that will help you start growing your own Rain lily. I promise you following these steps will have beautiful blooms in your garden!

Growing Rain Lilies from Bulbs

Growing Rain lily from bulbs
Growing Rain lily from bulbs

The best time to plant rain lilies in full sun is from early April through late June, but earlier is better if you don’t want to pay for bloom time in late May.

This can be one of the most rewarding plants to grow. It has large, showy flowers that make a great addition to any garden, especially broadcast plantings in open areas where they get plenty of sun.

Hey, Rain Lily

Let the Rain Kiss you

he Rain Beat Upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the Rain Sing you Lullaby

And you bloom with the grace

Langston Huge

The key to the successful growth of rain lilies is proper care. Rain lilies don’t like being uprooted and laid flat for the winter. But they can endure staying in pots with tightly packed dirt or the container of your choice for several weeks. 

Growing rain lilies in containers are easy. Just start with one bulb and encourage it to grow towards the sky and bloom beautifully. 

Steps to remember : 

  1. Sunlight
  • The ideal location is an area with full sun for the best growth. 
  • Most rain lilies love bright light, but some need more protection from the hot afternoon sun. 
  • Choose a location that gets constant sun during the day (avoid sitting in a porch shade).

2. Soil

Soil should be well-drained

Rain lily-like sandy soil and dislike Soggy soil so avoid using it

Keep the soil moist not wet

3. Water

  • Always water after checking the soil
  • Rain lily must be watered even in their dormancy period
  • Less watering or Over watering both effects the plant

4. Temperature and Humidity

  • Rain lilies grow well in Warm and Humid Temperatures
  • They can also be planted in mid to late fall with below 60 degrees
  • Remember, rain lily can not be survived below 28 F (-2) Temperature

Also, Read l New types of Rain Lily

5. Fertilizer

  •  Rain lily do not require any fertilizer to grow
  • As it Grows when rain shower. Rainwater itself acts as a fertilizer
  • Still watering with cooking water like Rice water, vegetable stock or any organic thing can still do wander

6. Potting and Repotting

  • Rain lilies grow well in containers
  • They must be planted in a gap of 2-4 inches each
  • The bulbs should not be overcrowded

7. Growing From Seeds

  • When the flower is dried enough you can collect seeds from it
  • Also, you can buy seeds from a local nursery or order online
  • It almost takes 1 year to mature from seeds and bloom with grace

5 Tips & Tricks about Rain Lily you must know

Red Amaryllis
Red Amaryllis
  1. You might have heard that quote, ” Friends don’t let to do silly things alone”. Partner your Rain Lily with their friends named  Amaryllis, Watsonia, Crocosmia, Kniphofia, and Scadoxus. And watch them growing together beautifully.
  2. Don’t Plant Rain Lily bulbs in containers during the early season which require more moisture during their flowering period, as Rain lilies thrive best with little water from winter through mid-summer.
  3. Plant the Rain Lilies bulbs immediately, as they cannot withstand in-ground for long period.
  4. During the Winter season bring the Rain lilies indoors, take their proper care, and set them outdoors again in spring. 
  5. Wait for the flowers to bloom again next summer during late summer.

Also, Read l Companion Planting Guide, Know your plant’s friends and Foes


Pink Rain Lily
Pink Rain Lily

Raining should be a time for enjoyment, not a time to be sad or grouchy. The secret to enjoying the rainy day is watching and growing the Rain lily in the rain. It might seem mundane, but this little activity has an amazing power to make your heart flutter and your vision brighten up.

Monsoon is not only about planting Rain Lily but more than that. When raindrops chip away at the bark of a tree, the green reveals underneath. The foliage of plants shines differently. The smell of mud, the windy air, and the plants dancing in the rhythm of rain. It’s a little alchemy of nature that we observe during Rain.

However, there is an old nursery Rhyme which we used to sing during our childhood, 

Rain Rain Go away, Come again another day, All the families want to play, Rain, rain go away.

Now, I would like to change the words to dedicate the rhyme to Rain Lily

Rain Rain Please don't go away, We want to see Rain Lillies all day, All the gardeners want Joy, Rain Rain Please don't go away.

Yes, I know. I’m not a good Poet but I’m not bad as well. Haha! Jokes apart, enjoy the Rain lilies in the Monsoon. True to its symbolization, Rain Lily brings hope of a new beginning and an abundance of joy. 

Rain lily
Rain Lily

However, these easy flower bulbs are perfect for a small space, and also great for regular garden work. They also attract a lot of attention from bees, birds, and other beneficial insects that prefer to feed on flowers.

Easily grown at home, these little flowers add extra beauty to your garden. As I promised earlier following all the above steps you will see Rain lilies irresistibly blooming with grace in your garden.

After all, when it stops blooming after a rainy season does not be sad. Everything blooms in their time. Save the plant after their season is gone and shower your abundance of love and care so they thrive much better in the next season.

In essence, you can find Rain Lilies in many colors. White and pink are the commonest. Personally, it is difficult to choose one favorite color. Do let me know which color do you like. Or you’re like me who loves all the colors of Rain Lily.

Last but not least. Don’t forget to harvest Rainwater during this season. It is very essential to save it.

Read The Blog l Methods For Harvesting Rainwater

Still, have any questions? Feel Free to ask in comment sections

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Thank You For Reading Till The End.

Happy Gardening

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