Amazon Lily Plant-Eucharis Grandiflora-Plant Care Tips

Hello–
My daughter gave me this plant about 10 years ago and it has done reasonably well in a south window. I water 1x weekly with pure (not “soft”) water with low concentration added plant food (Eleanor’s VF-11, 2 tbs/gal). It has wonderful large bright green leaves. This year, for the first time, it bloomed. Could you identify the plant for me, and I’d also much appreciate any insights on how to care for it. Thanks

Hi Sean,

Amazon Lily Plant: Your plant looks like a type of  Amazon Lily plant, also called a  “Eucharis Grandiflora.”Although referred to as a lily, it is really part of the amaryllis family. These plants usually bloom in the summer, but have been know to also bloom in the winter. Hopefully your plant will bloom again this summer. Here are some care tips:

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., but avoid having it sit in direct sun. As you have seen, direct sun burns the leaves and also hinders flower production.

Water:  Keep the soil evenly moist most of the year. Lily plants After flowering, when the plant is resting, reduce the water so the bulbs can dry out a little. In the spring, resume normal  watering.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Use a plant food high in phosphorous to encourage more flowers.

Humidity: Lily plants prefer 40-50%  humidity if possible.

Temperature: Normal household temperatures of  65-75°F/18-24°C. Avoid  temperatures below 50°F/10°C.

Soil: Use a rich, loose, organic soil; if the soil seems to heavy, add a bit of sand to it.

propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary: These plants are easily propagated by separating the bulbs. When planting the bulbs, use a small pot with holes in the bottom, and barely cover the top of the bulb with soil. Water the bulbs sparingly until new growth appears.

Repotting: Repot about every 3 years when the plant has completely filled the existing pot. A lily plant blooms more when it is root bound in a small container.

Lilies are poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants so please keep you lily plant away from pets and small children. You can read more about poisonous houseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them. in Don’t Feed me to Your Cat: A Guide to poisonous houseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them..