The Q&A Archives: Easter Lilies

Question: How do you plant and care for an Easter lily?

Answer: The popular Easter lily (L.longiflorum var.eximium) is normally forced into flower for Easter. After it has finished flowering, the flowerhead should be removed and the lily planted in the garden. Lilies like to have their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. In very hot areas they prefer light shade. They like moisture during the growing season, but be sure the drainage is good. The lilies should be grown in humus rich soil. A mulch of leaf mold is very good for it because it will control weeds and also keep the bulbs from drying out in the hot summer weather. The foliage will die down on its own - when it does, cut it off at soil level. Your lily will grow and flower again next year. Enjoy!

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