Drift lily of the valley on the windowsill


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The winter-hardy lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) is one of the popular spring flowering plants. In a partially shaded location with good soil - as the name implies - it shows grapes with pearly white pollen in May.

Planting place and propagation

The small perennials from the family Asparagaceae (Asparagaceae) grow mainly on forest soil and are often used in the garden for planting perennials and trees. Lilies of the valley multiply by rhizomes and spread in a good location virtually unlimited. In the garden bed, you should therefore consider a rhizome barrier before planting.

Lily of the valley for the apartment

Lily of the valley in the vase

Unfortunately, lilies of the valley only last a few days in the vase

Especially because of their lush floral scent lilies of the valley are wonderful as potted and decorative plants. While the small perennial rests in the garden over the winter months, you can easily bring them to bloom in the winter by driving in the apartment. Lilies of the valley grow relatively quickly and then fill the warm living room with its wonderful floral scent. In the florist you will find lilies of the valley rarely, because they are not suitable for mass culture. Danger: Although the lily of the valley increases slightly, it is under protection in Germany. An excavation in the field is therefore prohibited!

Drive on lily of the valley

Lilies of the valley Rhizome austechen hand scoop

Prick up the lily-of-the-valley rhizomes with a hand-shovel and shake off the soil

Between November and the beginning of December, use a small hand-scoop to prick up some older pieces of the lily of the valley carpet in the garden. Choose the time rather later than before, because the flowering germs need a cold to form later flowers. Therefore, it is best to choose a spot that has blossomed before, because the lack of cold weather makes one-year-old lily-of-the-valley rhizomes initially only leaves, but no flowers.

Put on lily of the valley: That's how it works

Put lilies of the valley on the seed

When inserting, make sure that the bud tip sticks out of the ground

Shake off the adhering soil and plant the root system in a flower pot about twelve centimeters wide. Make sure that the horizontal roots are also planted horizontally. As a substrate, you should use a mixture of one-third of humus-rich garden soil, sand and potting soil. It is important that the reddish hibernation buds are not covered with soil when planting. The bud tips should form a plane with the upper layer of soil.

First warm, then cool

Place the freshly planted lily of the valley pots at about 20 degrees Celsius on a bright windowsill or in the greenhouse and keep them evenly moist.

Lilies of the valley in the shady forest

In half-shady clearings in the forest, lilies of the valley grow as large carpets. If the location is too shady, the perennials do not produce flowers

After the leaves have sprouted, the lilies of the valley may enter the living room, where they will bloom after another two to three weeks. In cool rooms, the flowers last longer. Once they have faded, you can simply plant the lily of the valley back into the garden bed.
If you want to cultivate the lily of the valley further in the pot, you should regularly divide and repot it, because the rapidly growing roots otherwise quickly take the entire pot and the plant is absorbed. Hobby gardeners who do not have their own lily of the valley in the garden can buy cold-treated blooms (bud-studded shoots with roots) from specialist retailers.

Danger: When donning lilies of the valley in the home, remember that all parts of the lily-of-the-valley - especially flowers and berries - are highly toxic to children and pets. Although serious signs of intoxication occur only after extensive consumption of parts of plants, a protected location under observation is still recommended.

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