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April 03, 2012
Easter Lilies: Tips for Best Blooms

LILLIESFor Easter, a single plant has grown as symbolic of the holiday as colored eggs: the elegant Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum). If you're the lucky recipient of this gem, here's how to keep yours healthy and beautiful.

  • Remove the protective sleeve from the pot, because it can encourage root rot.
  • Set the plant in bright, indirect light, away from drafts. Keep the temperature at 60 to 65 degrees F during the day and slightly cooler at night.
  • When plants bloom, remove the yellow anthers to prolong bloom life and prevent pollen from staining your clothes and skin. Cut off spent blooms, and water when the surface is dry to the touch.
Once the plant has finished blooming, you can plant it outdoors. Easter lilies are hardy to Zones 6 to 9 (some cultivars to Zones 4 or 5). When danger of frost has passed, plant.

read more tips for caring for the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum).
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