How to Care for Easter Lilies
Around this time of year, you can find these flowers in nearby grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and flower shops. The beautiful, white flower blooms in time for the Christian holiday of Easter, where it represents purity and rebirth.
Although Easter lilies are perfect to spruce up your home, this flower has specific care. Keep reading to understand how to care for Easter lilies!
History of the Easter Lily
The Bible, allegorical tales, and ancient fables all mention lilies and their pure properties of rebirth. The Bible mentions that beautiful lilies often popped up where Christ’s sweat dripped off of him. Along with symbolizing Christ’s tears, there are other references to the lily in the Bible.
To celebrate Easter, many churches adorn their altars with lilies to symbolize the resurrection, or “rebirth,” of Christ.
This flower embodies much more than a beautiful centerpiece. Easter Lilies symbolize the rebirth of Christ celebrated during Easter, and the hope that it gives to families.
The lily ranks as America’s fourth most popular plotted plant, which is an ode to how beautiful it truly is.
How to Choose Your Easter Lilies
Easter lilies are usually yellow, pink, or white in color depending on the variety of the lily.
When choosing your lily, you want one that isn’t in full bloom but displays both buds and blooms so your lilies continue to grow and bloom. To get the most out of your lily’s shelf life, choose one that has a straight stem and green foliage. The darker the green the foliage is, the healthier the plant.
After deciding if it’s aesthetically pleasing, double-check to make sure there are no bugs or any other signs of distress.
Although this is a quick overview of Easter lily care, there is so much more about easter lillies.
Caring for Your Lilies
Your lily’s care depends on if you are going to plant your lily in a pot inside or plant it outside.
If your plant is in a pot, be sure to place it somewhere that it’ll get indirect sunlight on a daily basis. Since these flowers are typically sold with decorative tin wrapped around them, be aware that water may gather at the bottom and impact your lily’s life.
Lilies that are planted outside in your garden are typically easier to care for than your indoor potted lily. For optimal growing, plant the lily 4-6 inches below the service.
Easter lilies prefer full sun to partial shade. This means that in the harsh afternoon light, move your plant out of direct sunlight to prevent burning.
Optimally, your lily does best with the top half in the sun and the bottom half placed in the shade to keep the roots cool and moist. If needed, you can add mulch to shade the roots.
To prevent waterlogging, remove any extra tin or plastic wrap from the lilies. Lilies thrive when they have even moisturized soil. Do not let the top part of the soil dry out, but also ensure that there is not excess soil on the bottom of the pot.
Although there is not a specific time to water your lily, watering it in the morning will give it time to dry in the afternoon sun to prevent any mold or mildew.
Soil and Fertilizer
Lilies like soil rich in organic matter. They specifically like to grow in more acidic soils, although they can still grow in any soil as long as it has proper drainage.
If your Easter lilies are potted and growing well, they do not need fertilizer. If you have lilies in your outdoor garden, you should use a slow-release fertilizer in early spring as they begin sprouting.
Lilies grow best in cool and moderate climates. The temperature they grow the best in ranges from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lilies tend to do best in moderate humidity levels as well. Weather that is too hot and dry or too hot and humid does not bode well for the Easter lily.
Pests and Diseases
Like many plants, Easter lilies are susceptible to a multitude of insects and diseases.
Red lily beetles, snails, and slugs are common pests to look out for. Many of these insects can spread diseases to the lily. Gray mold and root rot are also common diseases that affect the Easter lily.
Proper care will help lessen the probability that your lily will be infected by one of these diseases. Be sure to check your lilies daily to immediately take care of them and prevent further issues.
Are Lilies Toxic?
Although not toxic to humans or most pets, it is important to note that the Easter lily is toxic to felines. Try to keep the lilies out of reach or behind something that your cat cannot reach.
If you believe your cat ingested Easter lily, lookout for signs of loss of appetite, vomiting, or fatigue in your cat. The smallest ingestion of lily can be fatal to your cat. Get immediate care for your cat from a veterinarian if you believe they may be at risk.
Beautify Your Home
With these tips about how to care for your Easter lilies, there should be nothing stopping you from going to get Easter lilies! The beautiful lilies will spruce up your home this Easter season.