Plant Care African Lily

African Lily

Also known as

Fortnight lily and African iris


Dietes bicolor

How to care for African Lily


How often to water your African Lily

Water needs for African Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

African Lily needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of African Lily

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for African Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Lily: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African Lily love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

African Lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of African Lily in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize African Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Lily: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

African Lily is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for African Lily

African Lily

African Lily

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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