Many people don’t realize how easy it is to grow Lily of the Valley indoors, so we’re going to share this trick with you.
Like paperwhites, Lily of the Valley can be grown in just 3 to 4 weeks indoors for much-needed middle of the winter fragrance, color, and gardening enjoyment.
They don’t need any cold treatment, or special care; just plant them and enjoy the flowers in a couple of weeks time.
Plus, not only is growing Lily of the Valley indoors rewarding, but you can plant them up in 3-week intervals all winter and enjoy wonderfully fragrant flowers continually throughout the cold months.
How To Grow Lily Of The Valley Indoors
1. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) come as dormant rhizomes also called “pips”. When you purchase them at the nursery or an online bulb grower, each division should have at least one “pip” – a pinkish-white growing tip that looks like the eye of a potato.
2. Find a container that is at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) or more deep. Add high quality planting medium that will hold moisture well, but dry out a bit in between waterings.
3. Before planting, soak your pips in lukewarm water for a couple of hours. Just take them out of their bag and put them in a bucket or your sink. The pips will absorb water and should swell a bit and become hard. They are now ready to start growing almost immediately.
4. Before planting them up, if your pips have roots, snip off the root tips by about a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm). This will activate the roots, encourage moisture uptake and jump start the growing process.
5. Planting your Lily of the Valley – Cover the roots with mix until just the tips of the pips show, and plant them about 1-1/2 inches (3.75 cm) apart.
6. After planting, water liberally, soaking the soil. The plants will start to push new growth very quickly, usually in just a week. Keep the soil evenly moist since Lily of the Valley grow so rapidly they need water to keep up the fast pace of growth.
7. Place your pot in a cool area – 60° to 65° F (16° to 18 ° C) is ideal – and make sure it gets lots of indirect sunlight.
8. When the plants flower, feel free to cut them for bouquets; it won’t hurt the plants.
9. After the plants have flowered, leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. If you want, you can transplant the plants to a shady area outdoors when the weather is mild.
The plants may take a year or so to recover, but once settled in, they will flower for many years to come.