Don’t Throw Out that Easter Lily!

We hope you are enjoying the fragrant Easter Lily you received. Indoors, keep your lily away from drafts and drying heat sources such as fans or heating ducts and place them in bright, indirect light. Water the plant only when the soil feels dry to the touch, but do not overwater. To prolong the life of the blossoms, remove the yellow pollen-bearing anthers found in the middle of each flower.

You can save the bulb and plant it outdoors after the flowers are gone. Plant the lily outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked (around Memorial Day here). Select a sunny site with well-drained soil and set the top of the bulb 6″ below the soil survace. Leave the stem and leaves, but cut off the old flowers. Do not cut back the stem until it dies down in the fall – it needs to gain its energy all summer to produce a new white lily next year. Lilies in Wisconsin usually blooming in mid summer.

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