Canadiana lily (Lilium canadense) is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. They are easy to grow and require little care. Their flowers are beautiful and they make great companions with other houseplants. Canadiana lilies have been used for centuries as ornamental plants in homes, gardens and even hotels.
The leaves of these lilies are quite small and thin, but their flowers are large and showy. The color of the flower varies from white to pinkish red, depending on the variety. These lilies grow well in all types of soil conditions including sandy soils, loamy soils and clay soils. They prefer full sun or partial shade. If planted in a sunny location they will not survive very long because they do not tolerate extreme temperatures very well.
Canada lilies are not invasive species, so they don’t need to be protected from pests and diseases. They are tolerant of poor drainage and overwatering. They like moist soil conditions, but prefer slightly acidic soils. Soil pH should not exceed 6.0.
They do best when grown in containers since they tend to get root bound if kept in the ground alone. To grow them successfully in containers, dig a hole large enough to fit the root ball. Mix one part compost and one part soil and refit the container. Re-fill the hole with soil and compost mixture. If planting more than one container, keep at least 2 feet between each container to allow for adequate air circulation around each container.
The plants should be watered until the water from the bottom of the drainage container.
Sources & references used in this article:
Propagation protocol for Canada lily (Lilium canadense) by DJ Beattie, JW White – The physiology of flower bulbs, 1993 – Elsevier Science Publisher BV
The New England Wild Flower Society guide to growing and propagating wildflowers of the United States and Canada by P Heus – Native Plants Journal, 2003 – npj.uwpress.org
Cultivation Notes by W Cullina – 2000 – books.google.com
Starburst Sensation’Lily by A Raver – riwps.org
Plant Life Inventory List by ME Leeburn – 1955 – W. & G. Foyle
Production of Asiatic and Oriental Lilies as Cut Flowers by LM Collicutt, WG Ronald – HortScience, 1996 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org