Easter Lily – choosing and keeping your easter lily

Mon. Mar. 26, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Easter Lily – choosing and keeping your easter lily

Can you believe Easter is this Sunday?!  It’s about 2 weeks earlier than normal and Spring just hasn’t quite sprung yet, even though the calendar says so!

This Christian Holy Day is marked by cherished traditions that bring joy, comfort, warmth and a continuity between generations.  The beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers of the Easter Lily, or lilium longiflorum symbolize purity, hope and life – the spiritual essence of Easter – a time of renewal.

When choosing an Easter lily, look for one in various stages of budding, you’ll get to enjoy the flowers for longer!  Find the plant with the most dense, all deep green green foliage and check for pests.  If you see any eggs or webbing or brown spots, put that plant back.  Also, choose a plant that is only 2 times as tall as the pot it’s in, if the plant is any larger, it is likely stressed!  (but don’t YOU stress over it)

You’ve selected the best one, now what’s the best way to care for your Easter Lily? Lilies prefer it a little cool, around 60 to 65 degrees.  They also prefer bright light but out of direct sunlight.

If your lily is wrapped in foil, punch a couple of holes in the bottom and place it on a saucer.  This enables the excess water to drain.

Speaking of water, water your lily when the soil surface is dry, let the water drain out the bottom and get rid of what’s left in the saucer.

When your flowers open, remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed.  This prevents the pollen from staining those pretty white flowers and will also prolong it’s life!

Easter Lilies are poisonous to cats but not to dogs.  You can plant your Easter Lily bulb outside after it’s bloomed but they’re not reliable here in colder climates.  Check out this information from the University of Wisconsin for outdoor planting