With its vibrant colors that seem to ignite from the stem like a candle flame, the fire lily is true to its name. The fire lily is native to South Africa and is accustomed to growing along the jungle floor, its roots shooting out under the natural forest litter rather than sending their roots into the ground. For this reason, when planting outside, plant the fire lily in a bright lightly shaded area in a shallow fashion. Place a thick layer of compost as mulch. Fire lily bulbs should be planted in the fall, in well-drained soil that can be light, medium or heavy. However, fire lilies only grow hardy in zones 10-11, which means any area that does not drop below 50 degrees. To improve your chances of successfully growing a fire lily, it is best to grow it as an indoor plant.
The fire lily grows exceptionally well in containers. In fact, they grow far better in pots than they do when they are in the ground. More often than not, they bloom more consistently in pots. Make sure to plant in rich, well-drained soil. When watering, wait for the soil to completely dry before watering again. At no time should you allow the plant to sit in a saucer of water. Keep out of direct sunlight. Instead, place it in an area where it will receive bright but indirect light.
When actively growing, this lily will require day temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees. Between October through January, the fire lily goes through a dormant period. During this period, you must keep the plant about 10 degrees cooler and water sparingly. Begin watering again and increase temperatures to 65 degrees when new growth emerges in early spring.
Though it may require a small amount of care, it is nothing compared to the beauty a fire lily can bring into your home or garden.