How to plant and care for Easter Lilies

The Easter Lily is enjoyed by many during early Spring as an indoor plant.  Can the Easter Lily be planted in your garden after the Easter holiday?

How to plant and care for Easter Lilies

The Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a favourite potted flower in early Spring. Grown in its natural state, the Easter Lily blooms from early to mid-summer, usually in the months of June and July.

Lilies should be kept indoors until the outdoor temperatures are warm enough for planting, which is typically the end of May in Southern Ontario. The blooms should be withered away by the time they are ready to plant.

Indoors these flowers like bright, indirect natural daylight. When planting outside, choose a sunny location.

Soil should be well drained and rich with mulch. The mulch helps to shade the roots of the Lilies. Water freely during the active growing season.

Plant Easter Lilies in slightly acidic to neutral soil (6.5 to 7.0). In the Spring, use a balanced fertilizer as the new shoots emerge; however, apply a slow release fertiliser once or twice to help your lilies flourish during the growing season.

There are a few pests and diseases that can be troublesome to your Easter Lilies, including the red lily beetles, grey mold, slugs, snails, and aphids.

Garden Easter Lilies can live in Zones 7 to 9. Niagara-on-the-Lake is zone 7a – find your gardening zone here