Did you get an Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum) and want to see if you can grow it in your garden? Though not always reliable, you may have success with the following guidelines.
- Set out in the garden after the flowers have faded, remove the flower stalk so it does not go to seed.
- Choose a sunny, well drained location to plant the bulb – good drainage is very important.
- Loosen the soil to a depth of 6” – 8” and mix in roughly equal parts of compost or peat moss.
- Plant the bulbs 6 inches deep and lightly mulch to conserve moisture.
- New foliage may appear later in the year and may even rebloom if it does not remain dormant until the following year. Its normal blooming time is summer.
- Cover the plants in the fall, after any foliage has died down, with at least two inches of straw, pine needles or other type for winter protection
- Uncover the plants in the spring to allow new growth to emerge.
Donald R. Buma, Executive Director