Gracing millions of homes and slightly fewer churches, the Easter lily serves as a reminder that Easter is a time for new beginnings and rejoicing. With these "best care" tips you will be able to enjoy your Easter lily to it's fullest potential, and keep it looking great longer than ever! Let's get started...
The Easter lily prefers cool temperatures. Ideally you want temperatures between 60-65 F during the day and cooler at night.
Do not place your Easter lily near drafts.
Avoid placing your Easter lily in places where it will receive excess heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces or heating ducts.
Easter lilies prefer moderately moist, well-drained soil, so only water when the soil is dry to the touch. So avoid over watering!
If the lily plant has been wrapped in a decorative foil or pot, remove it from the wrapping immediately.
Water the plant until the water seeps out of the drainage wholes of the pot. This will completely saturate the soil.
Allow the Easter lily to air for a few minutes and then return to your decorative pot cover. Never allow your Easter lily to sit in water for a prolonged period of time.
Other tips for your Easter lily;
In the center of your Easter lily there are anthers that contain the pollen of the plant. When this pollen matures it will turn a bright yellow. It is very important to remove this pollen before it stains the pure white bloom of your Easter lily. This pollen will not only stain your blooms but also any material it comes it contact with - including your skin! If the pollen should drop onto some material, do not try and rub it off! Instead use a piece of tape and lift off the pollen.
If you are a cat owner-be warned! The Easter lily is poisonous to our feline friends. If your cat ingests some of this plant it can cause renal failure. If you suspect your cat has been munching on your Easter lily contact your vet immediately.
Although its dangerous to cats, the Easter lily does not seem to bother your dogs or humans, but I do recommend that you keep the plant in the reach of children or any pet.
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