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Easter Lily

The Easter lily, or Lilium wallichianum, produces gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers. They are known to represent purity, virtue, innocence, and hope. In fact, these beloved flowers are one of the most popular potted indoor houseplants in the US.

How to care for your Easter Lily

Use these instructions to care for an Easter Lily. This guide will tell you how to water an Easter Lily; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Easter Lily

LIGHT

Easter lilies love to be placed in indirect, bright sunlight. Too much light will burn the foliage, but too little light will cause the slow decline of the plant. Eastern light or a few feet back from a southern window is ideal.

WATER

Easter lilies prefer to stay somewhat moist. Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water thoroughly and discard excess water to avoid root rot.

HUMIDITY

Your Easter lily prefers a humid environment. Place a humidifier nearby or use a pebble tray. Avoid drafty areas and open vents. 

TEMPERATURE

Easter lilies prefer cooler temperatures between 60-75°F. The cooler the temperature, the longer the blooms will last.

FOOD

Feed your Easter lily fertilizer in the spring when new shoots emerge.

TOXICITY

Easter lilies are toxic to humans and pets if ingested. All parts of the Easter lily, including the pollen, are extremely toxic to cats.

ADDITIONAL CARE

As the Easter lily grows it can become quite top-heavy. Stake your plant to help it reach its full height potential.

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What's an Easter Lily?

Botanical Classification: Lilium wallichianum

About

Easter Lilies bloom in the spring and will continue growing throughout the summer. They can be grown indoors and transitioned outdoors if you wish to plant them in your garden. In Christian legend, the Easter lily grew where Jesus’ sweat fell during his final hours on the cross. This is why so many people buy and gift this lily during Easter, and how it got its common name.

Easter lilies are native to the grasslands of India and Myanmar. Easter lilies can grow up to 3 feet tall and sometimes require a stake to keep them upright. In order to keep the plant as healthy as possible, remove flowers when they fade in order to promote new blooms. 

Fun Fact

In the middle of your lily’s bloom, you’ll notice yellow, pollen-producing anthers. If you remove these anthers from the flower, it will prolong the bloom’s life. Removing the anthers also helps homeowners avoid the yellow pollen from staining carpets and other surfaces.

Pictured Left: Easter Lily