The Q&A Archives: Easter Lillies And How To Keep Them Alive

Question: I recently received an Easter Lilly and I am aware of how to keep it alive in the house for a short period. I would like to know when to plant it outside so that it will come back year after year. I would also like to know how to care for it once I plant it outside. Thanks!!

Answer: Easter lilies are grown in greenhouses for seasonal plant sales and may be difficult to keep going once the blossoms are faded. Keep the soil moist but never soggy sopping wet. Place the plant in a very bright but cool location. You can plant the Easter lily outside and, assuming it is a hardy variety, it will rebloom each summer. Begin by acclimating it to the outdoors. Place it in a sheltered location and gradually move it into brighter conditions. Meanwhile, keep the soil moist but not sopping wet. Then, select a location in full or half-day sun with rich soil that is well drained, meaning not soggy. Plant the lily slightly deeper than it is growing in the pot. Water it in well, mulch, and water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist but not sopping wet. Allow the stem and foliage to grow all summer. Late next fall, remove the stem and cover the bulb with several inches of mulch for the winter. With luck, it will peek out of the soil again next spring about when the tulips bloom.

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