Flower & Plant Care

Easter Lily Care

March 24, 2016

The Easter lily, a beautiful white blossom that is said to symbolize the purity, hope and new life of Spring, is a classic flower found in both homes and churches during this time of year. With such a rich history that dates back to 1777, the Easter lily has become one of the most popular flowers associated with the Spring season, and is certainly one that you’ll want to have in your home for Easter Sunday.

Easter Lily Flower Close-up

Planting Easter Lilies

With a few weeks to go before Easter arrives, you may be on the lookout for these beauties so that you can grab your share before they’re all sold out. But once you do, and once you’ve had some chance to enjoy them in full bloom, don’t feel like you have to toss them to the curb – you can save the bulb and plant it outdoors so that you can enjoy it again next year!

Easter lilies can typically thrive under any soil conditions with the exception of heavy clay. Furthermore, the best environment for your bulbs to grow in outdoors is one that is sunny in the morning but shady as the day goes on. As soon as the ground in your yard has softened enough to start planting again, remove all of the old flowers and place your Easter lily’s bulb approximately 6 inches beneath the surface. Once the stem begins to die in the Fall, you can cut it at the soil’s surface so that it is prepared for the seasonal freeze. Just remember, once the ground does begin to freeze over, add some mulch to the soil where your Easter lily has been planted to protect it.

White Easter Lily

How To Care For An Easter Lily

Now that you know how to plant an Easter lily, let’s discuss how to care for it. We’ve already mentioned how to care for it outdoors (for example, make sure it has enough sun and shade), so now we’d like to offer a few tips on how to care for it indoors during the Easter season:

1. Place your Easter lily in a safe spot – that means, it shouldn’t be exposed to any drafts from windows and/or doors, and it certainly shouldn’t be direct range of heat sources such as your radiators.
2. Water your Easter lily just enough so that the soil is kept lightly moist, but be careful not to over water. When the soil is dry to the touch, it is a good indication that it’s time to water again.
3. Ensure that your Easter lily receives adequate sunlight during the day, but also make sure that its surrounding environment doesn’t exceed more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit – anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees is ideal. At night, aim for 40 to 50 degrees.

All that said, if you have an Easter lily at home or anticipate purchasing one soon, know that caring for it can be simple, you just need to know what to do! And these tips, we’re confident, will surely help you along the way.