As a symbol of hope and purity during Easter, Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are commonly associated with Easter. Plants in pots make welcome gifts and appealing holiday decorations. Easter lilies don’t last long indoors, but you can keep them when the blossoms fade by planting them outside after the season expires. Check out these tips for growing Easter lilies outside.
Care for Easter Lilies
Growing Easter lilies in the garden or as potted plants depends on how you want them to grow. To properly care for houseplants, they should be kept near a window filled with bright, indirect light and away from cold drafts and heat sources like heaters and fireplaces. You may need to remove the foil if the pot has a decorative design (like plants sold around Easter) or make sure that water isn’t collecting in the foil and under the pot. A plant will die more often if it is overwatered than if it is underwatered.
In the garden, Easter lily bulbs are a lot easier to take care of than transplanted plants. Bulb planting should be done four to six inches deep, and their spacing should be about a foot apart. Keep the soil around the bulbs wet so as not to cause rot.
What to do After Planting an Easter Lily
Taking proper care of Easter lilies while you have them indoors ensures a robust, robust plant when you move them outside. Keeping a plant near a window that is out of direct sunlight is a good idea. 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit is considered excellent. The best time to grow Easter lilies is in the warmest part of the year (18-24 C.).
You should water the plant frequently enough, so the soil is kept lightly moist, and you should use a liquid houseplant fertilizer every two weeks. Trim the flower stems near the base of each blossom as they fade away. When the blossoms have faded, Easter lilies should be transplanted outdoors.
Plants cannot be grown in heavy clay soil. Compost or peat moss should be amended in soil that drains slowly. Locate your venue in the morning or afternoon shade while getting full sun during the day. Consider that an Easter lily plant can grow as tall as 3 feet (1 m.) when selecting a location for planting outside.
Full sun or partially shaded location is best for Easter lilies. Too much sunlight in the afternoon can scorch the foliage. Whenever possible, place your Easter lily in full sun on the top, but in the shade on the ground, as the roots like it more fantastic. An additional layer of mulch over the roots of the lily or some short plants can assist in achieving this.
Regardless of the soil type, Asters do best in a well-drained, organically rich soil, but they can grow in various soils, provided the drainage is good. Although they are not as tolerant of alkaline soil, they can tolerate it. Soil pH between acidic and neutral is preferred.
Easter lilies prefer even soil moisture. In other words, water when the topsoil inch dries out. Plants should never float in water, but their soil also should not become completely dry. In the morning, I recommend watering your plants so that the foliage can dry out in the sun. Otherwise, the plant could suffer from mildew.
Climate and humidity
Flowers and growth are optimal when the temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit at night, with a minimum of 55 degrees. Generally, they do not do well in extremely hot, humid climates.
As soon as new growth appears, apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer. The use of another fertilizer application can be beneficial if your soil is not rich.
Does Easter Lily toxicity affect pets?
Easter lily flower parts are poisonous to cats and may cause them to suffer kidney failure. You’ll see this when your cat licks off pollen on its fur when it cleans itself. However, dogs may not experience the same side effects if they eat the flowers. To ensure the safety of your pet, keep this plant far away from them.