Directions for Planting Easter Lilies


Over 95 percent of potted Easter lilies come from bulbs produced by coastal farms along the California and Oregon border. Prior to World War II most Easter lily bulbs were imported into the U.S. from Japan. Potted Easter lilies begin showing up in stores around Easter time. After you enjoy the season's Easter lily it will be difficult to get it to flower indoors a second year. To continue enjoying the Easter lily, plant it outside in the garden after you have enjoyed its full bloom.

Step 1

Cut away any of the withered parts of the plant and set it in a sunny location indoors.

Step 2

Continue watering the plant. The Easter lily prefers moist soil, but don't overwater it. Water it when the soil is just beginning to feel dry.

Step 3

Fertilize the plant every six weeks by adding one teaspoon of slow-release Osmocote.

Step 4

Move the plant outdoors after the danger of frost has passed.

Step 5

Choose a sunny location in the flowerbed.

Step 6

Prepare the flowerbed by adding equal parts soil, peat moss and perlite. The soil should have good drainage. A raised flower bed can be advantageous as it ensures good drainage.

Step 7

Plant the Easter lily so that the bulb is 3 inches below ground level. Pile an additional 3 inches of topsoil over the bulb.

Step 8

Space the bulbs (if you are planting more than one) about a foot apart and water immediately.

Step 9

Trim back the greenery as it dies off, cutting to the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Potted Easter lily
  • Osmocote fertilizer
  • Garden spade
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite


  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service: Easter Lily
  • All America-Phillip's Flowers Shops: Easter Lilies, an Ageless Tradition
  • University of Nebraska--Lincoln Extension Lancaster County: Easter Lily Care
Keywords: Easter lily, planting, bulbs

About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.