Easter Lily care summary: When indoors, keep your Easter Lily in bright, but not direct sunlight, so place it near a window. Be sure to keep the conditions cool, at a temperature between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18-24 degrees Celsius).
To keep your potted Easter lily as its best, it prefers a cool daytime temperature of 60° to 65° F. and nighttime temperatures 5 degrees cooler. To keep the flowers from wilting, avoid placing the potted plant in direct sunlight. Most plants will lean toward the sunlight.
With the proper Easter lily care indoors, you'll be able to keep the bulbs in their pots indefinitely. The Missouri Botanical Garden lists the Easter lily hardiness zone as extending across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8.
Many types of lily grow well indoors. Some lily species are fragrant, while others have no scent. Lilies have similar basic cultural needs. To grow lilies successfully indoors, try to reproduce as closely as possible their outdoor growing requirements for light, water and fertilizer.
Potted Easter lilies can be transplanted outdoors when the climate is free from frost. Wait until the flowers have faded. Cut back the plant to six inches high. Plant in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
How long does a potted Easter lily last? With proper care, potted commercial Easter lilies should continue to flower for one to two weeks after purchase. If you want to keep the plant alive longer, transplant the bulb in your garden 6 inches deep. Once established, it will rebloom every year.
When can I start calla lilies indoors? Answer: Plant calla lily rhizomes 1 to 2 inches deep in a well-drained potting mix about 6 to 8 weeks before the average last spring frost in your area. After potting, water well and place the containers in a warm, 70 to 75°F location.
Deadhead blooms when they die back, but do not cut back foliage until it yellows at the end of the growing season. In the winter, you can transplant bulbs to your garden or repot them. Store the bulbs in a cool location during the winter, as this period of cold is necessary for the plants to bloom the following year.
Easter lily grows best in full sunlight, which is defined as six or more hours per day of direct, unobstructed light. It will also grow in partial shade, which means two to four hours per day of light, and anywhere in between the two kinds of conditions.
If the Easter lily's soil feels soggy and drenched, then you might have overwatered it. Overwatering causes root rot, leading to the yellowing and dying of lower leaves. If the soil feels crumbly and dusty, the Easter lily received too little water.
If grown indoors as a houseplant, it's difficult to get an Easter lily to re-bloom, but if planted outdoors, they readily re-bloom each year. To prepare your plant for planting outdoors, remove all of the flowers once your plant's flowers have faded.
In the garden, Easter lilies tend to grow best in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8 (I've had success with them in the Midwest as well as California). The bulbs require well-draining, but rich soil with regular moisture throughout the spring growing season.
A bulb garden of cold-hardy spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and others can be planted in pots to bloom indoors in late winter. Bulbs can be forced into bloom through cold treatment and then placing them in a cool, sunny window in your house. Bulbs should be firm and free of mildew and mold.
You can grow virtually any bulb in containers, and you can mix different types of bulbs together, too. In fact, it's a lot like growing bulbs in the ground. Start with a container with drainage holes so that excess water can escape, and plant your bulbs in the fall.
Generally, if you want to have flowers blooming in January, you should plant your bulbs in September or early October. For February flowers, plant mid-October. For March blooms, plant in late October or early November. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, for the entire chilling period.
Container grown lilies are simple to save until the next bloom period. Cut off spent flowers and allow the greenery to die back. Diminish watering as the plant begins to go dormant. Once all the foliage has died back, dig up the bulbs and separate any that have split into offsets.
You can save the bulb and plant it outdoors. Easter lilies can be replanted outside after the blooms are gone. Plant the Easter lily outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked. Select a sunny site with well-drained soil.
(18-24 C.) are best for growing Easter lily plants. Water the plant often enough to keep the soil lightly moist and use a liquid houseplant fertilizer every two weeks.
Easter lilies can survive winter in pots outdoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 and higher. In colder regions, shift containers indoors for winter. Let soil dry so bulbs stay dormant. Resume watering in spring to jumpstart growth.
Q How should I care for lilies in pots? A Place the pots in full sun and ensure the compost is moist at all times, but not wet. Feed with a liquid fertiliser, such as tomato feed, every fortnight during summer. Repot bulbs in the autumn when the foliage dies down, or transfer them to the garden.
The leaves may become limp and drag if you have given the plant too much nitrogen fertilizer, which encourages leafy growth. They will also droop if the soil condition is too dry or too wet. The problem can also simply be that the blooms are too large.
Though lilies look like they'd be fussy plants, they are actually very easy to grow. They're not particular about soil type or pH and they grow well in full sun, part sun, dappled shade and even light shade. Plant lilies as soon as you get them, either in the fall or the spring.
Peace lilies enjoy low to medium light and can also thrive on fluorescent light. The more light the peace lilies receive, the more likely they are to produce white flowers. They can thrive in areas with less light, but are much less likely to flower. The peace lily is also one of the best plants to purify the air.