Easter Flowers

MARCH
28
2012

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Easter Flowers

THE EASTER LILY

When we say "Easter flowers", we automatically think of the beloved Easter Lily! Easter lily bulbs are spring flowers adored for their classic ivory blooms and sweet fragrance.

How to choose the perfect lily:

Whether you plan to give Easter Lilies as gifts, use them to decorate your home, or replant them as part of your garden plans, you'll want to pick only the healthiest of these Easter flowers. Here's how:

  • Select medium plants that are well balanced and not too tall or short.
  • Look for plants with flowers in various stages of bloom. Your best selection should have one or two blooms open, with the remaining buds still closed or preparing to bloom.
  • Check the foliage when choosing your Easter Lily. Lots of rich green leaves assures the Lily is in good health.

How to care your Lily indoors:

  • Indoors, Easter Lilies prefer moderately cool temperatures (60-65 degrees F). Try not to place them near drafts or excess heat. Be sure that the Lily is getting bright, natural light, but not direct sunlight.
  • The soil should be moist and well drained. Be sure not to over-water and before watering remove the flower from any decorative coverings or pots so that the plant does not become waterlogged. Water until it begins to trickle of out of the bottom.
  • Remove the mature flowers that have begun to droop, leaving on the fresh, newly-opened blooms.

How to transplant your Lily outdoors:

  • One of the best things about an Easter Lily is that you can plant them outside to enjoy for many years to come! Initially, enjoy your Lily indoors for the Easter holiday and then transplant it outdoors shortly after. They bloom naturally in the late spring or summer, but if they have already bloomed this year, it will probably be the following year when you get to see this beauty bloom again.
  • Wait until the danger of frost has passed (April 15 for Hampton Roads) and find a well drained, sunny spot in your garden. We recommend using one part soil, one part peat moss and one part perlite to help give the Lily ideal drainage.
  • Plant the bulb 3-inches below ground level, and mound up an additional 3 inches of topsoil over the bulb. Set the bulbs at least 12 to 18 inches apart. Be sure the hole is deep enough that the bulbs can be placed in it with the roots spread out and angled down. Work the soil in and around the bulbs and the roots. Water well, right after planting.
  • The original leaves and stem will start to brown. When this begins to happen, cut the plant down to the green leaf. New growth should emerge from the base. Let the plant grow foliage for the first year.