Rain Lily Dark Pink Outdoor Beds
- Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours af soil, choose another spot. Rain lilies bloom in response to late season rains but will not thrive in soggy soil.
- Site your zephyranthes where they’ll receive full sun.
- Dig holes and plant the bulbs 1-2” deep and 6” apart. In soft soils, these little bulbs can often be dropped into a hole made with your finger or the end of a stick. Poke, drop, cover, next. Plant the bulbs immediately as rain lilies resent being out of the ground for long periods.
- After planting, water well, gently soaking the soil and settling it around the bulbs. Foliage will begin to appear in a few weeks and flowers are produced in late summer. Rain lilies are happiest with little moisture during spring and summer, with a bit more water late in the season to trigger flowering. About .5″ of total moisture per week is a good general estimate early on and 1″ per week is usually enough to produce flowers late in the summer.
- After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulbs for the future.
- In the fall rain lily leaves typically yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your zephyranthes plants will rest for a while before beginning the next growing cycle in spring.