Plant Care Checker Lily

Checker Lily

About Checker Lily

Checker Lily is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Checker Lily likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Fritillaria affinis
Fritillaria
Liliaceae
Liliales

Also known as

Checker lily and Chocolate lily

How to care for Checker Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Checker Lily

Water needs for Checker Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

Checker 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 Checker Lily

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Checker Lily in your home

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

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

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

Checker Lily does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Checker Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Checker 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 Checker Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Checker Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Checker Lily Water Frequency →

Checker Lily Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Checker Lily requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Checker Lily Light Requirements →

Checker Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Checker Lily does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Checker Lily →

When and How to Successfully Repot Checker Lily →


💩 Fertilizer

Checker Lily should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Checker Lily grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Checker Lily →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Checker Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Checker Lily Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Checker Lily

Checker Lily

Checker Lily


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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