The Best Way to Plant an Easter Lily


The Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is the quintessential Easter flower. It can grow between 2 and 3 feet tall. It is recognized for stout stems and large 3- to 5-inch wide, white, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers. The best way to plant an Easter lily is to make sure it's given good draining soil. In fact, this is the key to success with Easter lilies, according to Texas A&M University.

Step 1

Wash and sterilize a 6-inch deep by 6-inch wide plastic planting pot. Pour 12 cups of tap water into a large basin, or bucket. Add in 1 cup of household bleach. Soak the 6-inch pot in the water and bleach solution for 30 minutes. Rinse the pot off under hot water and set aside to air dry. Sterilizing the plastic pot will help prevent the Easter lily from developing a fungal disease.

Step 2

Mix together equal amounts of coarse perlite, peat moss and potting mix or loamy garden soil to create a good potting mix for the Easter lily. You can also use a commercial potting mix that contains perlite or vermiculite and peat moss.

Step 3

Scoop the potting mix into the planting pot until there is a 2 1/2 inch layer of the mix at the bottom. Pack the soil down in the pot using your hands.

Step 4

Plant the Easter lily bulb with the pointed end facing up. Scoop a little soil into the pot to secure the bulb.

Step 5

Scoop in more soil and cover the Easter lily bulb. Ensure you have no more than 2 inches of potting mix over the bulb.

Step 6

Water the Easter lily thoroughly, until the water is coming out of the drain holes. Give the Easter lily another application of water that includes a broad-spectrum fungicide to help prevent fungal diseases. Mix together the broad-spectrum fungicide with water according to the directions on the product's label.

Step 7

Put the Easter lily in an area that will provide daytime temperatures of between 60 and 65 degrees F. Night time temperatures should be approximately five to 10 degrees cooler. Provide the Easter lily with as much indirect natural light as possible, which will make the Easter lily thrive, according to Texas A&M University.

Step 8

Water the Easter lily when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. Provide just enough water to thoroughly moisten the growing medium. Avoid over-watering, which can cause the bulb to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Easter lily bulb
  • 6-inch pot
  • Basin or bucket
  • Bleach
  • Potting mix or perlite and coarse peat moss
  • Broad-spectrum fungicide
  • Fertilizer


  • Texas A&M University: Growing Easter Lilies
  • Sunset Plant Finder: Information on Lilies
  • Auburn University: Information on Growing and Caring for Easter Lilies
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Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.