How To Care For A Potted Easter Lily
Many of us received (or purchased) a lovely Easter Lily recently. Use these tips to keep the potted plant healthy and blooming for several weeks.
The first thing to do is to remove any decorative bows on the Easter Lily and remove the pretty foil paper from around the pot. If the decorative bows are attached around the plant, they can cause damage and the foil paper hinders soil drainage. You can work around the foil paper and leave it around the pot for a few days by poking a hole in the bottom of the foil to allow for soil drainage.
A potted Easter Lily loves humidity. Cover the bottom of a small pie tin with pebbles, then cover the pebbles with water and set your potted plant on the pebbles. This will raise the humidity in the vicinity of your plant and keep it looking good while it's in bloom. You can display it in any location in your home for a few days with this method.
After the first few days of display, place the potted Easter Lily (pie tin humidifier and all) in a south, east or north facing window until you are ready to plant it outside.
Also, to keep the Easter Lily blooms looking good for longer, place the plant in a cool room each night. Keep the yellow anthers that are inside each bloom pinched off as they appear and remove each bloom as it fades.
Food and Water
Don't feed your Easter Lily for at least one month, even if you plant it in-ground during that first month. Potted Easter Lilies have been grown in greenhouses and have sufficient fertilize already in the soil to feed them for one month.
Water your potted Easter Lily only when the soil feels dry to the touch.