Fertilizing Peruvian Lilies

Do Peruvian Lily plants like to be fertilized? Yes, they do. This South American flowering plant is a fast grower that blooms throughout the summer. Proper nutrition helps this plant spread and push out lush greenery and plenty of flowers. Feeding the plant keeps it healthy and vibrant and will allow you to enjoy the flowers throughout the growing season. Learning when and how to fertilize this plant is easy and will keep the plant happy and healthy.


How to Fertilize Peruvian Lilies

Fertilizing Peruvian Lilies is easy. The right soil makes a difference and will support growth throughout the summer. Choose rich soil with lots of organic content. Mix organic compost or manure into the soil when planting, and top-dress the soil with organic mulch for continued support.

Peruvian Lily plants prefer slightly acidic soil, so more advanced gardeners may want to test the soil so they can address any specific needs. Use a water-soluble or slow-release fertilizer that will support new greenery and flowers. Apply fertilizer to the ground around the plant and keep the plant food away from the foliage. Water the plant before feeding so the roots can absorb the nutrition better.


Best Time To Fertilize Peruvian Lilies

Peruvian Lilies are not heavy feeders; one dose of fertilizer per year is enough to support the plant throughout the growing season. Feed the plants in the spring when the growing season starts and the plants are just waking up from their winter dormancy. An early dose of fertilizer helps the plant start the growing season strong. Apply fertilizer immediately after watering the plant.

Best Fertilizer For Peruvian Lilies

An organic fertilizer specially formulated for flowering plants is a good option for Peruvian Lilies. A gentle formula such as Espoma Organic Plant-Tone, Dr Earth's Bloom Booster, or Down To Earth's Flower fertilizer mix will provide a well-balanced diet supporting foliage and flowers. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying fertilizer to maximize the results.

Peruvian Lily Fertilizing Tips

  • Use a balanced fertilizer designed for flowering plants
  • Feed Peruvian Lilies once per year in the spring
  • Water thoroughly to help the roots absorb the fertilizer


-Always wear protective gloves and a face mask when handling chemical fertilizers.

-Closely follow all directions and storage guidelines that are on the fertilizer label.


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 01-26-2023