Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are beautiful with their white trumpet flowers and are traditionally given as gifts or purchased for decoration during the holiday season. This year don’t toss it away after the blooms are gone–try transplanting it in your garden and you could be rewarded with more in the Fall (if you’re lucky) or next Spring (up to Zone 6). Here’s how:
Caring For It Indoors:
- Choose a sunny or bright location so it will receive plenty of light during the day. Keep away from heat sources (like a heat register) since it prefers being cool at night.
- Water well each day.
- Once it blooms and the leaves begin to yellow, keep watering until ready to transplant outdoors (allow the leaves to die naturally before pruning them).
To Move Outside:
- When all danger of frost has passed in the Spring and the soil can be worked, plant the bulb 6 to 8 inches deep in the soil. Choose a location where it will receive lots of sun and make sure the soil is well-draining. Top the soil with about an inch or two of mulch to help keep the roots cool during the hot summer.
- It may bloom in the Fall of the same year it is transplanted but it more typically does so in late Spring of the following year (May to June).
- You can repot it in a patio container and grow outdoors on your deck or balcony.
- If it starts growing up out of the soil too early in the Spring (when it will likely get killed off by frost), try covering the new growth with a few inches of potting soil.
- Did You Know: The white trumpet flowers symbolize purity, hope and life.
- Lilies are very poisonous to cats so make sure to keep them out of reach of your favorite feline.
- If you live in a colder climate than Zone 6, try mulching heavily in the Fall–it might just do the trick and the lily may make an appearance next Spring.