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Easter Lily 

The Life of the Easter Lily

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   Good soils are the key to the success of each lily.  On many lands there is a time for growing followed by a brief period of fallow.  Here, where the lily bulbs are grown, the fallow period lasts for two to five years.  In other words, for ever 25% of planted land, there is 75% in some period of dormancy.  Grass and Clover are the preferred cover crop to allow rebuilding of drainage and restoration of organic matter.

   So we have another season come to pass and a new cycle of harvest and replanting begins.  Again the same digging and replanting process occurs.  The next cycle produces the yearling bulb.  When graded for replanting, these bulbs run between 4"-6" in circumference.

   Yet again a new growth tip emerges in the spring, a resurrection of sorts occurs when winter ends and vigorous growth begins.  Now, in the plants third year, the foliage is nearly robust, and for the first time multiple flower buds begin to appear.   Lilies naturally bloom in late summer, but when the consumer sees them it is Easter!  These plants are grown to produce gorgeous and showy flowers at a targeted time.   Essentially programmed to bloom when Easter occurs.


On schedule, in late summer, the young bulblets are harvested, graded, cleaned, and taken back out to the field for quick replanting.
Thus the bulblet is considered to have graduated and becomes a yearling.
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