Answer: Some people treat these like florist bouquets and discard them once the flowers fade. I should mention that not all of the lilies sold as Easter lilies are winter hardy, so it may or may not be able to survive in the garden. If you want to try to keep it, you will need to keep the foliage growing and plant it in the ground once the weather is settled and there is no longer a danger of frost. Gradually acclimate it to the outdoors by setting it in a shady spot and moving it to morning sun over the course of about a week. Then plant it in a spot with direct sun for at least half the day. The location should also be well drained, meaning not a low spot where water collects. Planting on a slight slope is a good idea, if you have one in your yard. Loosen the soil in the planting hole about a foot wide and deep, then plant the bulb at the same depth as it is growing in the container. Water to settle any air pockets and then mulch with an organic mulch about three inches thick year round. Place this around the plant but do not allow it to touch the stem. Keep the soil slightly moist, not sopping wet and not dried out. Good luck with your lily!
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