How to Care for Your Potted Easter Lily Plant
Easter lilies, with their beautiful, white trumpet-shaped flowers, are the most popular potted plants sold this time of the year. In fact, they are the 4th most popular potted plant after poinsettias, mums and azaleas! Chances are that you have a potted Easter lily in your home or will be given one during the Easter weekend. Here are some tips to get the most out of your plant:
- First of all, if you have the choice, pick a healthy plant that isn't in full bloom, preferably one with tight buds. Make sure the leaves are rich, green. Look for signs of disease and/or pests. As well, the plant should be about twice as tall as the pot it is in. If it is taller, it is probably outgrowing the pot and may be stressed.
- Remove any decorative bows or foil wrap from the plant, as that might hinder the drainage. Make sure the container the plant is in has good drainage. Re-pot, if necessary.
- Keep your Easter lily in bright, but indirect light. Avoid drafts and heat sources, such as vents, fireplaces and heaters. A humid environment is preferable.
- Remove the yellow anthers from the center of the plants to help prolong the life of the flowers and prevent the pollen from staining your hands, clothing, carpets, rugs and other unexpected places.
- Easter lilies prefer cool temperatures, around 15-20 degrees C (60-65 degrees F). For longer lasting blooms, at night, move the plant to a cool location, like a basement.
- Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch.
- Remove flowers as they fade and wither to promote new growth.
Potted Easter lilies can be transplanted outdoors when the climate is free from frost. Wait until the flowers have faded. Cut back the plant to six inches high. Plant in a sunny spot in well-drained soil. Water and mulch your Easter lily. Lilies like to have their roots in the shade and heads to the sun. With the ideal conditions, your Easter lily will continue to bloom for years to come!
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Important note: Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, if ingested. Ingesting just one leaf can cause kidney failure! Cat owners should avoid having lilies in the home.