Hymenocallis (Spider Lilly)
The Hymenocallis/spider lily is named from the Greek word hymen, which means membrane, and callos, which means beauty. This name refers to the thin membrane connecting the filaments of the flower. This is a large spectacular flower that is exciting to find unexpectedly.
The flowers of Hymenocallis are white, with a pronounced staminal cup and narrow tepal segments (petals and sepals).
Origin: Central America and Southern Mexico
Height: Up to 3 ft (90 cm)
Light: Bright indirect sunlight. Spider lilies thrive in warm, sunny locations. Moving your plant outdoors for the summer will give it the light it needs to grow and bloom.
Water: Water generously throughout the growing season, keeping the soil evenly moist. Cut back in winter, watering just enough to prevent the soil from drying out completely.
Humidity: Maintain relative humidity around 40-50%. If indoor air is dry, use one of these easy ways to increase humidity around your plant.
Temperature: Warm 70-85°F/21-29°C during active growth; minimum winter temperature of 60°/16°C
Soil: 3 parts all-purpose potting mix: 1 part horticultural sand
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Division of bulbs. Separate offsets from the parent bulb in spring and pot them up. Water newly potted bulbs sparingly for the first month or until you see new growth.