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Easter Lily Care

Posted by on Mon, Apr 01 2013 12:47:00

Easter Lilies, (Lilium longiflorum), with their large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers and wonderful fragrance are a traditional Easter time treat. Here is how to keep them looking their best during the holiday.

-In the home, Easter Lilies prefer fairly cool daytime temperatures of 60-65 degrees F.

-Night temperatures should be slightly cooler at 55-60 degrees.

-Never place your lily in a draft or where it will be exposed to heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces or heating ducts.

-Easter Lilies thrive in bright, indirect daylight, but the blossoms will quickly wilt and fade if they are placed in direct sunlight.

-Turn your lily every couple of days to prevent the stalk from 'leaning' toward the light.

-Easter Lilies prefer well-drained soil which is kept moderately moist, but avoid over-watering.

-Do not to let your plant sit in trapped, standing water!

-The foil or plastic sleeve that more than likely was used as a cover for the pot can become the cause of 'death by drowning' if it is left on the plant during watering.

-Be sure to remove the plant from the cover sleeve, then water it thoroughly until the soil is completely saturated.

-Once the excess water has drained from the planter, you can return it to the decorative cover.