Care Instructions for an Easter Lily Plant


The Easter lily plant, also known as November lily, is a flowering plant native to Japan. It is symbolic of Easter in the United States and commonly given as a gift around the holiday. Easter lilies are valued for their large, white, fragrant flowers that bloom during the spring. While many people dispose of the plant after flowering, it can be kept alive for many years with the proper care and maintenance.

Step 1

Keep container-grown Easter lily in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight during winter. Avoid full sun as it can cause the foliage to wither. Water the plant once every five days to prevent the soil from drying out completely.

Step 2

Cut the plant back to 3 inches above soil level just after flowering has ended in spring. Transplant the bulb outdoors in a sunny location after the final frost in your area. Plant the bulb 2 inches deeper than it was growing in the container, cover with soil and water thoroughly.

Step 3

Water your Easter lily plant once per week during spring, summer and fall. Avoid splashing water on the foliage of the plant, as moist leaves are more susceptible to pests and diseases. Do not water Easter lily during winter after the first year of growth.

Step 4

Feed Easter lily once every two months during all months but winter. Use a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer to provide all the necessary nutrients. Water both before and after applying the fertilizer to prevent root burn from the sudden addition of nitrogen.

Step 5

Mulch Easter lily with 4 inches of straw in late fall to provide winter protection. Pack the straw down over the planting site to help insulate the soil. Remove the mulch in early spring, just before new growth begins.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not grow Easter lily plant in an area accessible to cats. It is extremely toxic and can cause serious illness or death.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Straw


  • University of Wyoming Department of Plant Sciences: Easter Lily Production and Care
  • Iowa State University Horticulture & Home Pest News: Care of the Easter Lily after Flowering
  • University of Missouri Cooperative Extension: Care of Flowering Potted Plants
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