Toad lily - 5 tips for care

Toad lilies are very delicate-looking shade plants. If you want to have toad lilies in the garden, then our best advice is to take care of the plants.

Toad lily is also called garden orchid

Toad lily visually resembles an orchid

Since the toad lily looks very much like an orchid, it is popularly referred to as the garden orchid. This plant can inspire above all by a long flowering period, from summer - depending on the variety, beginning between June and August - to the first frost days in October. The flowers are also very suitable for vase keeping.

Toad lily - 5 tips for care

Tip 1 - choice of location
The garden orchid, also known as the tiger star, thrives excellently in the shade and partial shade when planted in the moist, humus-rich soil - preferably directly in front of trees. However, there should be no waterlogging at the selected location.

On average, it then grows to a height of up to 80 centimeters. With a really optimal location selection even a height of up to 150 centimeters. The mostly dotted flowers in yellow, violet, burgundy, blue, etc., which grow in large numbers per perennial, can therefore be easily cut for the vase.

Tip 2 - planting
The toad lilies are mostly planted in spring, at a distance of 30 to 50 centimeters. You should make sure that you plant the entire root in the soil.

Tip 3 - fertilize
In the course of a year they need fertilization two to three times, whereby you can also work compost into the soil. In this way you promote a strong floral display. It also strengthens the plants sufficiently for the winter.

Tip 4 - care in winter / pruning
Toad lilies are generally hardy to -20 degrees, but like roses they must be well protected. For this the planting stick e.g. Pile with leaves or cover the plant itself with brushwood. Also, it should not be cut back especially for winter (just remove the withered flower stems), which is why the actual pruning is only recommended in spring.

Tip 5 - multiply
The toad lily can easily be propagated by dividing the plant sticks in spring. Above all divide the fresh shoots from the mother stick and re-plant them at another location. The new location should be fertilized beforehand. For this e.g. Work compost into the soil two to three weeks beforehand and let it settle easily.