How to Plant Easter Lilies


Easter lilies provide numerous big, white, beautiful blossoms each year. They are often purchased for the Easter holiday as a potted plant. Requiring low maintenance and easily transplanted, Easter lilies grow outside in cold hardy zones 4 through 9. Admire the Easter lily indoors and then transplant it outside in the spring, or start with new bulbs. Either way, you will soon be enjoying this exotic-looking plant with its breathtaking blooms.

Step 1

Select an area that has full or partial sun. Allocate from 12 to 18 inches space between plants. Use a rake, hoe and shovel to clear the area of any rocks, branches or other rubble.

Step 2

Create a raised bed, since Easter lilies require well-drained soil. Add compost or other organic matter, such as manure, peat or leaf mold to the area.

Step 3

Use a hand trowel to dig a hole to allow enough room for the roots to extend out and down from the bulb. Plant the Easter lily bulb three inches deep.

Step 4

Pile another three inches of soil on top of the bulb, or around the plant if you are transplanting. Press down on the soil to remove any air pockets. Repeat for each Easter lily.

Step 5

Thoroughly water plants, but do not remove the soil from the mound you created. Replace soil as needed.

Step 6

Use a shovel to add two or more inches of mulch to retain moisture in the soil and prevent weeds. Use wood or bark chips, pine straw, shredded leaves or compost for mulch.

Step 7

Supply one inch of water to the plants weekly during growing season, when rainfall is less. Cut away any flowers desired for display or ones that wither.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep Easter lilies away from cats. Eating any parts of the plant can cause kidney failure and even death. If your cat eats any of your Easter lily, contact a vet immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Compost or other organic matter
  • Hand trowel
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Easter Lily
  • Texas A&M Extension: Easter Lily
  • Eater Lily Research Foundation: Care Tips for Indoor Easter Lily Plant

Who Can Help

  • Professors House: Easter Lily Bulbs
  • University of Vermont Extension: Easter Lilies
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.