How to Take Care of an Easter Lily Plant


Easter lilies produce large, pure white blooms. Often forced to bloom near the Easter holiday, these summer bulbs can continue to thrive if they are transplanted outside after the spring blooming period. The replanted bulb may bloom in late summer after being transplanted outside, otherwise it will resume blooming on its natural schedule the following year. Proper care while it's in the pot and after transplanting it to the garden helps ensure future blooming of this elegant flower.

Step 1

Place the potted lily in an area that is away from drafts and receives bright, indirect light. Place it near a south-facing window when possible, to supply the necessary light.

Step 2

Water the lily when the surface of the soil feels dry. Water from the top until the excess moisture begins to drain from the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Cut off the yellow anthers that grow in the center of each bloom. Cut them off with small scissors as soon as they form, before they produce a yellow pollen that stains both the flowers and anything else they touch.

Step 4

Fertilize the potted lily every two weeks with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. Follow label instructions for exact application amounts and method.

Step 5

Plant the bulb into a well-drained, full sun garden bed once it has stopped blooming. Set the bulb in the ground so the top of it is about 6 inches beneath the soil surface. Leave the foliage in place when you transplant.

Step 6

Cut off the dry, yellow foliage and stem once it has died back in fall. Shear off the leaves at the soil surface.

Step 7

Cover the garden bed with a 2-inch layer of organic mulch, such as bark or straw. Mulching protects the bulb during winter, suppresses weed growth and helps preserve moisture. Remove the mulch in spring.

Step 8

Resume watering in spring. Water the lily when the soil surface feels dry to the touch, providing approximately 1 inch of water at each irrigation.

Tips and Warnings

  • Easter lilies cannot grow in pots for more than one season.

Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • University of Nebraska Extension: Easter Lily Care
Keywords: Easter lily care, potted plants, forced bulbs

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.