Botanical Name: Lilium longiflorum
With a few Easter lily care tips, you'll keep your flowers fresh for 3-4 weeks or more.
Pots of big, beautiful trumpet-shaped blooms are a traditional Easter decoration or gift. The pristine white flowers symbolize purity and life.
Are you buying an Easter lily? Choose a plant with plenty of unopened buds and you'll enjoy at least a month of fresh flowers. Avoid plants that look wilted -- a sign of over- or under-watering.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your potted lilies.
When you bring your potted plant home, take off the plastic sleeve right away to provide good air circulation.
Also remove the foil covering from the pot so that the drainage holes are not blocked. Easter lily won't tolerate soggy soil, which will cause the bulb to rot.
Cut off spent flowers to keep your plant looking its best and to coax more blooms.
Easter lily bulbs won't bloom again indoors. If you want to keep them, you can replant the bulbs outside. They're cold-hardy to Zone 5. Although professional greenhouse growers force them into bloom before the spring holiday, you can expect your lilies to bloom outdoors in early summer, their natural bloom time.
When planted outside, and with good Easter lily care, you'll enjoy flowers for years to come.
Height: To 3 ft (90 cm)
Light: Bright, indirect light indoors
Water: Keep soil lightly moist while it is in bloom. It's a good idea to use a pot with a drainage hole to avoid soggy soil, which can cause the bulb to rot. Empty drainage tray so that pot is not standing in water.
Humidity: Average indoor (around 40% relative humidity).
Temperature: Keep your lily plant on the cool side to help prolong the blooms. A room temperature of 60-65°/16-18°C is ideal.
Soil: Peat moss based potting mix
Fertilizer: Not necessary unless you transplant the bulbs outdoors. Feed monthly with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer.