How to Divide and Plant Easter Lilies

How to Divide and Plant Easter Lilies

Lilies never go completely dormant, so Lily transplanting can be a little tricky. Here are our tips on how to transplant lilies and divide them for even more beautiful blooms.

Often, when I think of Easter Lilies I think of one and done. They are beautiful during that time period, then they are done but that is not the case! Our House Plant and Perennial expert, Judy Alleruzzo (you might know her from Garden Time) gave us a few key tips and facts about Easter Lilies!

Did you know?

Watch out for that pollen!
  • Easter Lilies are forced by growers to bloom for Easter celebrations.
  • Easter Lilies, Lilium longiflorum, are hardy bulbs for our area. It’s usual bloom time is mid-summer and it’s a great garden flowering bulb.
  • Their white trumpet shaped blooms are fragrant!
  • After they are done blooming you can plant them in your yard! See below for tips on how to do that!

Care Tips

  • Easy care indoor blooming plant.
  • Keep evenly moist, don’t let the pot sit in water.
  • They like bright light, no direct sun.
  • To keep the pollen from going everywhere you can remove the yellow anthers which hold the flower’s pollen. Try to remove as soon as they are showing so the pollen will not stain your clothing or tablecloths. It will also help prolong the life of the bloom!

How to Keep Your Easter Lilies

Easter Lily Bulb being planted.
  • 1. Keep the Easter lily indoors after blooms fade and snip off just the blooms.
  • 2. Water the foliage until it turns brown. This will help the bulb be re-energized for next summer’s blooms.
  • 3. In mid-May, plant outdoors in full sun to a little afternoon shade.
  • 4. You will want to mark where you plant it as it will be dormant until next late spring.
  • Please note: You probably will not get blooms the summer after you plant but you will get them the summer after! 

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