By Deborah S. Tukua, editor
Journey to Natural Living
Easter lilies are the fourth largest potted plant crop grown in the U.S. No doubt many homes, churches, and chapels will soon be graced with the fragrant and lovely white trumpet shaped flowers, symbolic of spring, purity and the Lord’s Resurrection.
Potted Easter Lily Plant Care
To keep your potted Easter Lily as its best, it prefers a cool daytime temperature of 60° to 65° F. and nighttime temperatures 5 degrees cooler. To keep the flowers from wilting, avoid placing the potted plant in direct sunlight. Most plants will lean toward the sunlight. To keep the plant growing upright, turn the pot every two days.
Keep the plant moist, but not soggy. Most Easter Lilies are sold commercially in pots covered with decorative foil jackets. No water should be left standing in the bottom of this covering or the life of the lily will be ruined. Remove the pot from the foil covering each time the plant is watered. Once the water has soaked into the soil, return the pot to the foil covering. Also, to help your potted lily thrive, do not place the pot near a direct source of heat. Lilies thrive in a humid climate, more so than a dry one. To create natural humidity, fill a saucer with small pebbles and water and set beneath the potted lily.
We'll tell you how to transfer your potted lily into your flower garden in an upcoming post.
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