Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Lilies

About the Easter Lily
The Latin name for the Easter Lily is Lilium longiflorum. The Easter Lily is native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan. The beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence and hope.  Over 95% of Easter Lilies used in the U.S. market are grown in parts of California and Oregon. The white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter.

Making The Easter Lily Last
In the home the Easter lily prefers cool temperatures. Avoid placing the lily near excess heat, fireplaces and heating ducts. The Easter Lily will do best next to a window with natural daylight but avoid 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. 

After the last bloom has withered and has been cut away, you can continue to grow your Easter Lilies, and even plant them outside in your garden to enjoy them for years to come. Once the lilies have finished flowering, place the potted plants in a sunny location.

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