How to Plant a White Fairy Lily


Fairy lily is a common name for the Zephyranthes plant. Other common names are Zephyr lily, rain lily or white rain lily. This plant is native to Brazil and Argentina and has small crocus-like white flowers that bloom in summer. The flowers will grow from 6 to 12 inches tall surrounded by needle-like, dark green foliage. Fairy lily is hardy in USDA zones 8 through 11 and will normally grow back in zone 7 with heavy winter mulching.

Step 1

Choose an area that has full sun or afternoon sun. Fairy lily bulbs can be planted in spring or fall. The location should be high enough that water does not pool.

Step 2

Dig holes twice the height of the bulbs. Space the planting holes 3 to 4 inches apart.

Step 3

Mix one part manure to three parts potting soil to fill in around the bulbs. Place the bulbs with the tips facing up in the planting hole and back fill in with the amended soil.

Step 4

Water thoroughly, soaking the area to help establish the roots. Water again, only when the top of the soil is drying out.

Step 5

Mulch around the lilies as they sprout in the summer. This will help to keep the roots cool and retain moisture. Fertilizer is not necessary for these plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Fairy lily bulbs
  • Spade
  • Quality potting soil
  • Aged cow manure
  • Shredded bark or dried leaf mulch


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Keywords: planting summer bulbs, planting Fairy lilies, growing Zephyranthes

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