How to Care for a Voodoo Lily


The voodoo lily is an exotic-looking plant that is easy to care for. Give it some water and sun and it will sprout a distinctive "flower"--a long, fleshy spike. The voodoo lily goes by several names, including "stink lily" for its unpleasant smell when it blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Voodoo lily tuber Pot Potting soil Plant food
  • Choose a pot that is at least 4 inches wider than the tuber. Plant small tubers about 3 inches deep and larger ones 6 to 10 inches deep.

  • Use a rich potting soil that will stay moist and drain well. An African violet potting mix is a good choice.

  • Place the pot in indirect sunlight and water when the soil feels dry. Voodoo lilies prefer temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees F.

  • Feed your voodoo lily a liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during the spring and summer.

  • Watch for the flower to bloom. If the odor is too strong, move your voodoo lily outside, but protect it from cold and intense sunlight.

  • Store your voodoo lily tuber for the winter after the leaves die off, usually in the fall. You can repot it in spring.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you plant the tuber with the tuber shoot facing up.
  • Watch for spider mites and apply an insecticide if necessary.

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