Growing Rain Lilies: How To Care For Rain Lily Plants

How To Prune A Rain Lily Plant

Rain lily plants are perennials that need constant care. They require regular watering and fertilizing to keep them healthy. You can’t just leave your plant unattended or it will die due to lack of water.

If you don’t take care of your plants, they won’t survive long term.

The best way to maintain a good relationship with your plants is to make sure they have plenty of light and air. There are several ways to do this; however, the most common method involves pruning them regularly so that their branches don’t get too thick or overgrown.

When you prune your plants, it’s very important that you don’t cut off any leaves. Doing so will cause the plant to not produce new leaves in the future. Instead, just trim away what isn’t needed.

When you’re done pruning, simply wipe out all of the dead or damaged parts of the plant with a damp cloth and then place it back into its pot.

What Is A White Rain Lily?

The white rain lily is a tropical plant that comes from the Amazon and can only survive in warm, humid conditions. It’s a very unusual looking flower that has three different colored petals, red, yellow and white.

Due to its unusual colors and appearance, this plant is very popular with collectors. Unfortunately, it’s also very rare in nature and most people who want to get one must grow them in their homes instead.

How To Grow Rain Lilies

If you want to grow your own rain lily plant, there are a few things you should know before getting started. They like fertile, well draining soil that’s slightly acidic with a pH between 5 and 6. The most common type of soil used for them is a mixture of peat moss and sand or pine bark.

This also helps ensure the soil is well draining so it doesn’t get waterlogged.

The plants also need a humid environment. If you live in a more humid climate, such as the deep south or along the gulf coast, they’re relatively easy to take care of. If you live some place that has dryer conditions, you may want to consider getting a terrarium or humidity tray to put your plant in.

These types of trays have small wells filled with water that creates a moist environment for the plant to remain healthy.

What Do Rain Lilies Eat?

When you first get your rain lily plant home, be sure to soak it in water for about ten minutes. This will ensure that its root system is properly hydrated before it begins to grow. After this, you’re going to want to place the plant in a shallow tray of water. It needs to be kept at the same level as the soil around the roots.

In addition to watering it with water, you’re also going to want to feed it a liquid fertilizer that’s high in potassium. Most experts recommend using an organic option instead of a chemical one since it’s safer for the plant.

How Often Should You Water And Fertilize?

The general rule of thumb is that a rain lily should be placed in a shallow tray of water and then allowed to dry out before being watered again. Most owners find that this works best for their plant, but if you want to be extra safe you can check the soil to see if it feels slightly damp before watering again.

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In addition to this, you should also use a liquid fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks. Follow the instructions on the package for how much to add and when to add it.

As the plant grows, the frequency with which you have to water will increase. This is completely normal and it’s nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on your plant and you should notice a pattern emerging as to when it needs water.

Why Is My Rain Lily Turning Brown?

There are a few reasons why your plant may be turning brown along the leaves. The first thing you should check for is any type of bugs that may have hidden on the plant when you got it home.

Spider mites are a common type of bug that likes to hide on flowers and then feed on them when they’re in the right conditions. If you’ve noticed that your plant has been infested with these, it’s time to take action and get rid of them.

You can either purchase and apply special spider mite killer, or you can wash the plant using soapy water. Be sure to get all of the areas where the leaves and flowers are touching as this is when mites like to hide.

If you don’t manage to kill off the spider mites, they can quickly take over and destroy your plant. It’s best to treat for them early on before they become a problem.

The second most common reason that rain lily plants turn brown is due to underwatering. If you aren’t keeping the soil damp enough, the roots will start to dry out and die.

The last reason would be direct sunlight. While these plants should only be placed outdoors during the day and brought in at night, you may have placed it somewhere that gets too much sunlight.

The sun can really dry out the soil and cause the plant to wilt and turn brown. Be sure to keep your plant in a shady location if this is the case.

Leaf Loss Or Yellow Leaves

It’s normal for your plant to lose some of its leaves as it grows or perhaps you accidentally broke one off. However, if you notice that your plant is actively losing large amounts of leaves or the ones that are remaining are turning yellow and falling off on their own, there’s something wrong.

This is often a sign that the plant is either getting too much or too little water. You’ll want to check the soil the next time you water it and see if it feels damp enough.

If it isn’t damp enough, you should soak it in some water for a few minutes to give the roots a good drink. Be sure not to over water it though.

The other reason could be due to the location that you placed the plant. This plant needs a lot of bright light in order to flourish, so be sure that it’s placed somewhere that gets plenty of sun.

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If you can’t find a good place within your home, consider moving it outdoors during the day and bringing it in at night.

Complete Dying

If you’ve done everything you can think of and the plant is still not improving its condition, it may be time to throw in the towel.

If this happens, don’t be too disheartened as it is rare for people to have a 100% success rate when growing houseplants from seeds.

I’ll list a few things that could have contributed to the death of your plant and you can go over them to see if you can figure out why it died.

– The first thing to consider is the pot that you planted it in. If the soil was too wet or too dry, this could have contributed to the death of the plant. Be sure to water your plants regularly so that they don’t stay damp for too long, but don’t over water either.

– Next is the sunlight. If there wasn’t enough light for the plant to grow, it will eventually die. Check to see if the plant was placed in a location that gets direct sunlight for most of the day.

– The water may have also contributed to the death of the plant. If you used water that had chemicals in it, it could have been fatal. Always use bottled water on your plants and be sure not to over or under water them.

These are just a few things that could have caused the death of your plant. There are many other reasons such as pests, diseases or even the type of soil you used. Always research the causes of death for the particular plant that you are growing to prevent this from happening in the future.


Houseplants can really spruce up your home and help to improve the air quality as well as your mood. Hopefully, this article has given you some helpful tips on how to successfully grow these plants and keep them alive.

If you have anymore questions on how to care for these plants properly, there is a wealth of information on the internet. Just be sure to ask questions that are specific to the plant you’re trying to grow.

Good luck!


Sources & references used in this article:

Rain Lilies Appear After Downpour by J Landers – Ranch and Rural Living, 2011 –

Rainlily, Zephyranthes and Habranthus spp.: Low Maintenance Flowering Bulbs for Florida Gardens1 by GW Knox – EDIS, 2010 –




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