The Q&A Archives: Planting Flowers

Question: I just received a easter lily from my boyfriend and i want to plant it outside. will it survive the summer, and will it come up throught the summer and come back up next year?

Answer: Your lily can be planted outdoors as soon as temperatures moderate and are above freezing at night. Gradually acclimate it to the weather by setting it in a sheltered spot and moving into a brighter location each day. Keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet. Plant the lily in a location with full or half day sun and a rich, well drained soil meaning one that does not stay soggy. Allow the stem and foliage to grow all summer. Remove the stem and apply several inches of mulch over top of the bulb in late fall. Assuming the lily is a hardy variety, it should peep through the soil next spring about when the tulips bloom.

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