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The Life of the Easter Lily

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   Be wary of Easter Lilies displayed in paper, plastic, or mesh sleeves.  The protective sleeves are used for shipping and should be removed immediately upon arrival at the store.  While the packaging may seem convenient, the quality of the plants will deteriorate if they are left sleeved too long.  Also avoid waterlogged plants, especially if the plant looks wilted, as this could be a sign of root rot.
   In the home, Easter Lilies prefer moderately cool temperatures.  Recommended daytime temperatures are 60 degrees to 65 degrees F with  slightly cooler night temperatures.  Avoid placing plants near drafts, and avoid exposure to excess heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces, or heating ducts.  The lily will thrive near a window in bright, indirect natural daylight, but avoid glaring direct sunlight.

Indoor Care

Easter Lily Care

   As the flowers mature, remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed.  This gives longer flower life and prevents the pollen from staining the white flowers.  When a mature flower starts to wither after its prime, cut it off to make the plant more attractive while you still enjoy the fresher, newly-opened blooms.
   When selecting plants, be sure to check out the foliage for signs of a healthy plant like an abundance of dark green foliage that is dense and plentiful all the way down to the soil line.  These are a good indication of a healthy root system.  

Outdoor Care

   Easter Lilies prefer moderately moist well-drained soil.  Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface feels dry to a light touch, but avoid over watering.  If the pot is wrapped in decorative foil, be careful not to let the plant sit in trapped standing water.  For best results, remove the plant from decorative pots or covers, take it over the sink and water thoroughly until water seeps out of the pot's drain holes to completely saturate soil.  Allow the plant to drain for a few minutes and discard the excess water before replacing it back into its decorative pot cover.
   When choosing your Easter Lily plant look for  a high quality plant
that is aesthetically pleasing from all angles.  Select medium to 
compact plants that are well balanced and proportionate in size
(not too tall and not too short).
   For the longest possible period of enjoyment in your home, look for plants with flowers in various stages of ripeness.  For example, the
best selection would be a plant with just one or two open or partially open blooms, and three or more puffy unopened buds of different
sizes.  The ripe puffy buds will open within a few days, while tighter ones will bloom over the next several days.