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How to Transplant Easter Lilies

By Carol Bancroft
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Sweet-smelling white Easter lilies are common gifts during the Easter holiday season. The flower bulbs are harvested in the fall and planted in individual pots, where they are forced to bloom. In the spring, their large, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom, bringing joy to many. Transplant an Easter lily to your garden where you can watch it bloom year after year.

Cut away the last bloom after it has withered.

Place the pot in a sunny windowsill and continue to water the plant when the soil gets dry.

Fertilize the plant every six weeks with a slow-release fertilizer.

Prepare an area of your garden that has rich, well-drained soil where you will transplant the Easter lily after the threat of frost has passed. Easter lilies prefer full sun.

With your trowel, dig a hole 3 inches below ground level and carefully drop the plant into it. Mound an additional 3 inches of dirt on top of the bulb. Carefully spread the plant’s roots around the bulb. Make sure there are no air pockets between the bulb and roots; work additional soil in between them if necessary.

Water the plant immediately.

Cut the stems back to the ground as the original growth dies off.

Fertilize the plant with bulb fertilizer or blood meal in the fall and add a layer of mulch to protect the bulb over the winter.

Remove the mulch in the spring to allow new shoots to grow.

Wait until late spring or summer for your Easter lily to bloom again. Keep in mind that the plant might not bloom the very next year. Transplanted bulbs sometimes need a year to recover from the shock of being moved. But they will return to a normal bloom cycle.


Things You Will Need

  • Easter lily
  • Trowel
  • Water
  • Bulb fertilizer or blood meal
  • Mulch


  • Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. If your pet cat ingests any part of the plant, immediately call your veterinarian

About the Author


Carol Bancroft has been writing about food and crafts since 2000 when she launched her blog, Pure Sugar. Bancroft formerly owned a small wine shop. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.