Easter Lily

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Easter Lilies, native to the southern islands of Japan are now the fourth largest potted plant crop in the United States. Their trumpet-shaped, pure white blooms have become the unofficial herald of the approaching spring season.

Easter Lilies are available from Andy Mast Greenhouses in the following sizes and arrangements: 4.5 inch pot, 6 inch regular or bare pot – 1,  3, or 3-4 blooms, 8 inch regular or bare pot, and 10 inch bare pot or triple bloom.

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Description

Characteristics:
Duration: Perennial
Spacing: 12 – 18 inches

Plant Needs:
Light Requirement: Partial Sun
Maintenance Category: Medium
Bloom Time: Summer
Loamy Soil – Needs Good Drainage
Soil Fertility Requirement: Fertile Soil
Uses: Landscape, Container

Uses Notes:
Use in indoor and outdoor planters.

Maintenance Notes:
Easter Lilies thrive in bright, indirect sunlight with well-draining soil. It may help to turn your Easter Lily every few days to discourage the plant from leaning towards a light source. Being fairly low maintenance plants, your lilies should not require a large amount of your time. The following steps will help to keep your plant looking healthy, happy and hydrated.

Only water the plant when the soil becomes visibly dry and this will usually mean every 2-4 days.

Always remove the pot covers when watering. (the wrap can collect excess water when not removed and become a virtual hotbed for diseases and other plant harming pathogens)

Place the plant on a drip tray or directly in the sink. This will minimize the mess and allow for the most thorough watering.

Apply enough water directly to the surface of the soil to saturate and allow excess to drain out the bottom. The potting mix has been carefully concocted to hold the appropriate amount of water for the plant and the rest will simply run right through soil out the drainage holes.

When the water finishes draining out of the holes use this opportunity to check for and remove any withering, past-prime blooms.

Be sure to remove the anthers (which carry the bright orange pollen) from newly opened blooms. The pollen can stain the pure white blooms as well as clothing, and if left attached they also reduce the bloom’s longevity. Try wearing gloves when removing these anthers as the pollen can also stain your skin.

If pollen happens to shed on the flowers, use a pipe cleaner to lightly sweep it off. If pollen gets on your clothing, DO NOT RUB IT IN or GET IT WET! Use tape to pull pollen off the fabric, preventing it from being ground into the fibers and staining.