(also know as Kaffir Lily or Bush Lily)
I’d like to show you my Kaffir Lily..... Isn’t she beautiful! Their flowering period varies, it can be as early as February/March time right through to early summer.
Its such a thrill to see emerging buds grow from within a rosette of long strappy dark green leaves...... slowly, slowly they open, then suddenly, just like the brightness of the early morning sun as it rises over the mountain tops.... twelve or more golden, orange flowers become a sight to behold, all borne on a single thick stem.
I have three more of these potted indoor plants, all off cuts from the first Kaffir Lily I bought some 10 years ago.... I remember asking the plant-man about its care and being surprised when he told me I had to ‘frighten it’ to make it flower..... I was soon to learn that this meant it had ‘special needs’..... it must be left to rest throughout the winter, no fertiliser and only water to prevent it wilting. Although it is a frost tender plant, it should be moved to a shadier place in a cooler room. In February I move it to a sunnier position and this is when it starts to bloom its socks off.
The Kaffir Lily can be propagated by seed or by splitting when the plant becomes pot bound. However, the new plant may not flower for a couple of years after splitting...... but when it does, your reward will certainly be worth waiting for.
If you click on the pictures, you see more detail of beauty.
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