Easter Lillies - Knowledgebase Question

decatur, il
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Question by talk_2_u_soo
April 16, 2006
Should I plant my Easter Lillies while they are blooming. I have try it before and they never come up the next year. Please give me advice on where and when to plant these. I have talk to people who says their come up year after year. Thanks a million

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2006
Lilies need a location in full sun and with a well drained soil. Planting on a slight slope can help assure the drainage is good. Since it has been sheltered in a greenhouse until now, you would need to wait until the weather has settled and frost is over with before you plant it outside. In the meantime, keep it in a bright and cool location. It may be set outside on mild days and brought indoors at night to protect it from freezing. Keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet.

Although sometimes people are able to grow their Easter lilies, often it does not work out. Many of the lily varieties that are forced for Easter sales would not be winter hardy in Illinois. Also, since they are bred for greenhouse forcing they may not be good performers in the garden. If you would like some lilies in your garden you might want to check with your local nursery and look in their perennial department.

I hope this helps!

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