Easter Lily Care Instructions

Overview

Easter lilies are one of the most enduring symbols of the promise of spring and new life, and have been a holiday tradition for generations, along with Easter baskets, family get-togethers and chocolate bunnies. If properly cared for, Eastern lilies, with their pure white, trumpet-shaped blooms and sweet fragrance, can stay beautiful indoors for up to three weeks.

Step 1

Remove any foil that is wrapped around the Easter lily's pot. Foil will retain heat, prevent water from draining, and shorten the life of the Easter lily. If you don't want to keep the colorful foil around the pot, remove it to water the lily, and replace it after the soil has drained.

Step 2

Water the Easter lily when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Hold the Easter lily under running tap water, and allow the water to run through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the Easter lily's pot to remain in standing water.

Step 3

Keep the Easter lily in a cool room, and avoid placing the lily near heating vents, or directly in sunny windows. Put Easter lily in indirect light, either in a shaded window or a 3 or 4 feet away from a sunny window.

Step 4

Pinch off Easter lily blooms when they wither. Removing the blooms will keep the Easter lily looking neat, and prolong the lily's live by preventing the lily from wasting energy on a withered bloom.

Step 5

Remove the dead foliage when the Easter lily stops blooming. Put the pot in a sunny window, and keep the soil moist.

Step 6

Plant the Easter lily outdoors in a sunny spot in well-drained soil when you're sure any danger of frost has passed. Remove the lily from the pot, loosen the roots with your fingers, and plant the lily a bit deeper than it was in the container. Keep the soil moist and fertilize it every month with a water-soluble fertilizer, or use the same fertilizer that you use to feed your other garden plants. The foliage will wilt and die, but it will re-bloom either later in the summer, or the following year.

Tips and Warnings

  • Easter lilies are poisonous; keep them out of reach of children and pets. Lilies are especially poisonous to cats, and can be deadly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • Iowa State University: Care of the Easter Lily after Flowering
  • University of Illinois Extension: Caring for Your Easter Lily
  • The Gardener's Rake: Easter Lily Care
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.