How to Take Care of a Spider Lily in the Winter


Spider lily, known botanically as Lycoris radiata, is a late summer flowering bulb that produces multiple coral red blooms with long, thin spider leg-like petals and stamens atop tall stems. Though called a lily, it is actually a species in the amaryllis family. Spider lily grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) climate zones 7 through 10 when you use mulch in the winter. You can grow it indoors in the winter in colder climates. It thrives in rich but well-drained soil and with at least four hours of full sun exposure daily.

Step 1

Cut back dying flower stems down to the bottom of the stem just above the crown of the plant between the leaves. Compost or discard them in the trash.

Step 2

Mulch around the evergreen foliage and bulb roots in the fall in USDA Zones 7 through 10. Use a at least 2 inches of organic material such as compost, shredded bark or leaf mold.

Step 3

Overwinter spider lily bulbs indoors in USDA Zones 6 and below. Dig, clean and store your bulbs in the clean sand in a low-light location with ambient temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees. Replant in the spring after the last hard frost has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic mulch
  • Clean sand


  • North Carolina State University Extension
  • Texas A&M University Extension
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