The Easter Lily, the traditional time-honored flower of Easter, is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, hope and life. The large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant white flowers make a meaningful gift that embodies the very essence of the celebration of Easter.
Care & Handling of Fresh Cut Easter Lilies:
- Cut 1″ from stem ends with a sharp knife or flower cutters and place in cool water with the fresh cut flower food provided by your florist.
- To enhance bud development, place stems in warm water (37c – 43c) with the flower food. Important: Use the recommended concentration of flower food to ensure the bud opens.
- remove stamens as buds open to prevent accidental staining. If you get lily pollen on your clothing use a dry toothbrush, chenille stem or dry towel to brush off.
- Do not brush off with your hands (rubs pollen deeper into fabric). Lilies are ethylene sensitive. Keep away from all external sources of ethylene, such as fruit, carbon monoxide and decaying plant material.
- These special flowers will draw attention in any design. Use as a feature flower or as a focal point of the arrangement.
- Achieve a “beautiful garden” look by mixing with stock and/or tulips.
- Make a dramatic statement with a simple design of a few stems in a glass vase.
Cat owners need to be aware that these plants are very dangerous; it can be deadly for their cat to come into contact with any part of the plant.
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Care of your potted Easter Lily Plant
Two of the greatest charms of the Easter Lily are form and fragrance:
- look for high quality plants that are aesthetically pleasing from all angles
- Select medium-to-compact plants that are well-balanced and proportional 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
- the best selection would be a plant with just one or two open or partly open blooms or three or more puffy, unopened buds of different sizes
- ripe puffy buds will open up within a few days
- tighter blooms will bloom over the next several days
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.
As a mature flower starts to wither after its prime:
- cut off the dead blooms this makes plant more attractive, while enjoying the fresher newly-opened blooms.
When selecting plants, be sure to also check out the foliage:
- look for an abundance of dark, rich green foliage. This is not only attractive, but a vital sign of good plant health.
- foliage should appear dense and plentiful, all the way down to the soil line, a good indicator of an active, healthy root system.
Be wary of Easter Lilies displayed in paper, plastic or mesh sleeves.
- protective sleeves are used for shipping and should be removed immediately
- the quality of the plants will deteriorate if they are left sleeved too long.
- avoid waterlogged plants, especially if the plant looks wilted, this could be a sign of root rot
Care in the home:
- recommended daytime temperatures are 15c to 18c .
- 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
- 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 the soil
- Allow the plant to air for a few minutes and discard the excess water before replacing it back into its decorative pot cover
Happy Easter, enjoy the lovely Easter Flowers, and time with the special people in your life.