Oriental Lily Indoors ‘Stargazer’ (Lilium hybrid)

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Plant Details

Category: Flowering Houseplant
Light: Bright Light
Bloom Season: Summer
Height: 15-24" / 
38-61cm
Space: 12-18" / 
30-46cm
Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Lowest Temp: 50° to 80°F / 
10° to 27°C
Colors: Pink

Basic Care

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Water as needed to keep soil evenly moist, especially in hot weather. Remove faded flowers for best display.

Water

Keep soil evenly moist.

Soil

Fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.

Feed

Slow release feed in spring.

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Fragrant

Ornamental Flower

Sun Loving

Containers

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Borders

Features

It’s hard to find words to describe the stunning beauty and rich fragrance of the ‘Stargazer’ lily. This is a hybrid lily that was developed in the late1970s. It’s popularity was immediate and ‘Stargazer’ continues to be one of the most beloved flowers for gift plants, cut flower arrangements, and special occasions such as weddings or holiday events.

Uses

The perfect choice for brightening any room. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. Very decorative on a small table or windowsill. Oriental lilies can be grown as perennials in most regions. Plant outdoors in the garden when flowering period is complete.

Oriental Lily Indoors ‘Stargazer’ (Lilium hybrid) Care Guide

If the plant was purchased in a pot, then it is probably already in a quality potting soil and requires little more than watering and grooming for a while.

If potting a flowering plant to bring indoors or to give as a gift plant, start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in bright location for best performance.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Most potted flowering plants prefer consistently moist but well-drained soil. If the soil gets too dry the blooms can wilt and they may not recover. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Remove the flowers as they fade. This keeps the plant looking tidy and may encourage more blooms depending on the type of plant. After flowering many blooming plants make attractive houseplants. Be sure to trim the foliage to maintain the desired size and shape. Occasional trimming encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Some plants will re-bloom on their own, but others may have very specific day-length or temperature requirements to flower again. A bit of research may be necessary to determine what is needed to encourage future blooming. Some plants, such as bulbs or perennials, can be turned into wonderful garden additions after the flowers have been enjoyed indoors.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. Follow the product directions for proper timing and application rates.

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2 Comments

  1. Sharon Appler

    I received an Oriental Lily and on the card it says for Indoor. It was beautiful bit now all the flowers are gone. My problem is the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. I don’t know what to save the plant. Any suggestions?

    Reply
    • My Garden Life

      Hi Sharon,
      In general, it’s assumed that lilies grown as gift plants are going to be treated similar to cut flowers – you enjoy the flowers while they last and then toss them. The plant care instructions are intended to keep the plant healthy indoors, through the flowering period. Your lily is most likely yellowing now because it’s not getting enough sunlight. The ideal way to save this plant (as long as the bulb is still healthy) is to plant it outdoors in the ground, in a sunny or partially sunny location. If this is an option for you, try to do it as soon as possible. See our article on Transplanting Potted Lilies to the Garden for tips on planting.

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