Zephyranthes are hardy bulbs that range from 5 cm to 30 cm in height; this makes them great for using in rock gardens.
They have grass like foliage and bloom from spring to autumn (species dependent).
When in bloom, plants carry pink, red, white, or yellow funnel shaped flowers.
Some of the commonly grown garden varieties of Zephyranthes include Zephyr lily, Atamasco lily, Rain lily, and Flowers of the Western wind.
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It is best to grow Zephyr lily and other Zephyranthes plant species from bulbs as they will not flower for about three or four years if grown from seed. The bulbs should be planted at a depth of 8 cm, and a spacing of 10 to 15 cm apart following the last frost of spring. If sowing Rain lily seeds then do so in either spring or autumn and lightly cover the seed once sown. Plants are able to grow in partially shaded or sunny parts of the garden that have good drainage. Ideally the soil should be moist, rich and have a pH of 6 to 7.
If you want to start off indoors then it should take them about 15 weeks to germinate at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees. Once established transplant into the garden in either autumn or spring.
It is quite easy to look after Zephyranthes species such as Rain and Zephyr lilies; they like a moist soil so water regularly in dry periods; give them a feed in the spring, and supply a mulch in the autumn to help protect the bulbs from harsh winters.
If you require more plants then propagate by planting the offsets that they produce.
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