Easter Lily Care

Updated on March 5, 2018
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Lockridge is an avid reader who loves to enjoy beautiful things in the garden. She has worked with a florist.

Background of Easter Lilies

Not only is the Easter Lily a symbol of the resurrection of Christ, but they are also often referred to in the Bible.

Lilies are also linked with fertility and motherhood, which is why they make great gifts for Mother’s Day. According to ProFlowers, the Easter Lily symbolizes purity and grace.

How to Select an Easter Lily

When purchasing an Easter Lily at the store or nursery, it is important to make sure you get a good plant for the investment.

The Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities Extension suggests buying plants with dark foliage all the way down to the base of the plant. Avoid stems or blooms with browning or yellowing.

Plants with buds in the puffy white stage will soon bloom in a warm environment, such as your home, and will have a longer life.

Avoid purchasing plants that can’t support the weight of the bloom.

How to Care for a Potted Easter Lily

  1. Remove the decorative plastic wrap from around the pot to encourage proper drainage.
  2. Remove the anthers from the plant. This prolongs the overall life of the plant and prevents the pollen from tarnishing the white petals.
  3. Select a location that is bright, but with indirect light. Avoid locations that will receive direct airflow, such as from an HVAC vent. Extreme temps of a high or cool nature will stress the plant.
  4. Water sparingly, only when the soil is dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, or over drying the plant. Keep water away from the foliage or bloom.
  5. Deadhead or prune away fading blooms to promote new growth and keep the plant vibrant.

How to Plant an Easter Lily in the Garden

Wait to plant your potted Easter Lily until the last frost of the season. You don't want to stress the plant with extreme temperatures.

  1. Select a location that will receive indirect bright sunlight.
  2. Dig a hole to the same depth as the original container. Apply a layer of mulch to the bottom of the hole, and remove the plant from the container.
  3. Loosen the root system slightly to encourage root implantation to the new site. Cover the bulb with soil and a thing layer mulch to keep moisture levels high.
  4. Remove any dead or dying blooms.
  5. Water the plant well.
  6. Observe the health of the plant as it grows, and trim back browning leaves to the green area.
  7. Cut the stem when the plant completely fades. Apply a generous layer of mulch to insulate the plant for next year’s growth.
  8. Fertilize the area prior to the winter months with an all-purpose fertilizer. Apply several inches of mulch to insulate the bulb during the harsh winter.
  9. Remove mulch as the weather begins to warm up in the spring.

Helpful Tips

ProFlowers suggests taking your potted Easter Lily out of the decorative plastic wrapper as soon as you get home; the plastic wrapping can keep too much water in the pot and cause root rot.

Reduce the scent of the Easter Lily by plucking he pistol from the bloom; this will also prolong the life of the plant.

Helpful Links

Pro Flowers: A Guide to Easter Lily Care


SouthernStates: Easter Lily Care


Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities Extension: Fresh Cut Flowers and Plant Care



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