Cultivate torch lily – for the most beautiful blooms in summer

Plant torch lily

If you have planted your torch lily in the right location, you will save a lot of work on the care. We’ll show you what you still need to keep in mind.

Plant torch lily
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Torch lilies (Kniphofia) are very popular with gardeners around the world and can therefore often be found in public places such as the park. Its torch-like flowering in the summer is what keeps people enthralled. 

However, in order to be able to drive out their beautiful flowers, the plant also makes a few demands on its holder, which are not negligible when planting, as well as in breeding and care.

The decorative plant, which is now available in more than 70 subspecies worldwide and which is also offered in dwarf form, in any case requires the right watering, cutting, hibernation preparing and fertilizing, in order to be kept well in any garden and form magnificent flowers in the summer. How it works best,

Requirements for location, soil and weather

The beautiful torch lily with its red, often orange or yellowish flowers prefers sunny locations, provided they are well protected from wind and weather. This is important so that the plant does not break or damage despite the best care. It is important to know that the torch lily needs nutrient rich soil that is slightly moist but not too wet. Once the soil has dried slightly, the plant will not be damaged if it is re-cast in time. That the ground, or the earth around the torch lilypervious and loose, is due to their sensitivity to waterlogging. In winter, it should be noted that too much moisture is avoided as much as possible, so that the plant does not rot by snow and co. Since the blooms of the Affodillgewächses occur in the summer, in this time a larger quantity of nutrients is gladly accepted.


After the winter, regular firing of the torch lily is especially important to help the plant regrow and strengthen for the year. If it gets drier during the summer and even dry periods, it should also be poured a little more often to keep the soil slightly moist. However, even in this time still applies that waterlogging is absolutely to be prevented. Therefore, not only is it easy to water, but also to loosen up the soil from time to time around the plant . Should be left to chance when casting incidentally nothing, because the plant can quickly sunburnto get. This means that when you water the plant when it is wet, it can be damaged by the sunbeams that are broken by the drops of water. Therefore, only the soil should be poured around the plant, and preferably in the evening or morning, when the sun is not high in the sky or already sunk.


In this area of ​​plant care, the torch lily makes it especially easy. Because it has anything but frequent and strong fertilization, although it prefers nutrient-rich soils. Too much fertilizer actually damages the plant, making it easy prey for diseases or pests. Therefore fertilizing should be done with caution and preferably once less than once too much. If you want to do something good for the plant, you can add some compost to the soil when planting it to enrich the soil with nutrients . In the following spring can further compostbe added for the purpose, but only if it is introduced into the permeable soil around the plant. Otherwise, the torch lily does not need any other fertilizers, so you can save a lot of time and money here.


There are only two times a year, when a cut of the plant is required. So the gardener also saves some work in garden maintenance in this regard. First, it is possible to cut the leaves of the plant in the spring, before these flowers expels. This helps her to strengthen herself and to form firm stems, but also new healthy leaves and beautiful flowers more robust. On the other hand, one can cut the torch lily, or its flowers in autumn, when the flowers are withered. They are completely removed, if necessary also with stems.


Torch lilies can survive the winter outdoors and are considered perennial plants, but most subspecies must be protected at least by some measures to make it easier for them to winter. Therefore, it is also important that the foliage of the plant is not cut off before the winter, but it retains it. It serves to protect the plant body. Sticking around the torch lily can help to protect its roots from the frost. If you want to lay out foliage here, this must first be thoroughly dried to avoid an excess of moisture. If you want, you can offer the plant an extra protective layer of fleece – this also helps against the strong sun in winter.


Cultivating torch lily – advantages and disadvantagesadvantages

✔ Fertilization and cutting usually has very little to
do with caring for the torch lily ✔ Casting must be carried out only moderately and preventatively in case of dryness
✔ Some varieties of the torch lily are winter-
proof , without having to be protected ✔ they will be involved in the care appealing flowers and colors rewarded in the summerdisadvantage

✘ to overwinter some precautions must be taken so that the plant can survive frost and cold temperatures
✘ waterlogging must be prevented in any case, what can be difficult, for example, in the winter – unfortunately the plant rots quickly
✘ when there is inadequate or incorrect care the torch lily is vulnerable against diseases and pests

Basically, the torch lily as a garden or container plant is well suited for beginners or beginners who have not yet gained much experience with the plant. Nevertheless, care should always be taken to prevent waterlogging, which can take a bit more work. This is not negligible, since waterlogging causes the plant to rot quickly.

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