As the traditional flower of the Easter holiday, Easter lilies are often given as gifts in the spring. Learning how to care for your potted Easter lily will help ensure that you are able to enjoy its beauty for as long as possible.
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Choosing an Easter Lily
When selecting an Easter lily from your local florist or grocery store, look for a plant with an abundance of dark green leaves. Dense, healthy-looking foliage signals a vital plant with a healthy root system. Also, for best results, select an Easter lily that has open, as well as unopened, blossoms. This will allow you to enjoy your Easter lily for as long as possible.
Sunlight and Temperature
Easter lilies do well in moderately cooler temperatures, with the ideal temperature for indoor Easter lilies being between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They also prefer indirect natural sunlight to direct sunlight and will thrive when placed near a window. Avoid exposing your Easter lily to excess heat, such as from a heating register or fireplace.
Easter lilies enjoy soil that is moist, but well-drained. Water your Easter lily when the soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid over-watering. The Easter Lily Research Foundation recommends watering your Easter lily in the sink and letting the excess water drain away. This will ensure that the soil for your Easter lily is thoroughly saturated, but not in standing water.
Trimming your Easter lily as it matures will keep your lily looking beautiful longer. When the blooms open, remove the stamens from the flowers before the pollen sheds and stains the white blossoms. As the blossoms begin to wither, trim the dying flowers so that you can continue to enjoy the newer blossoms.