Flowers are a Gardeners Springtime Favorite
When we say
"Easter flowers", we automatically think of Easter lilies. Easter lily
bulbs are spring flowers loved for their ivory blooms and sweet fragrance. They
are grown by the millions each year, just in time to display their blooms for
the Easter season.
How to Choose Healthy Growing
Whether you plan to
give Easter lilies as gifts, use them to decorate your home, or replant them as
part of your garden plans... you'll want to pick only the healthiest of these
Easter flowers. Here's how:
plants that are well balanced and not too tall or short.
Look for plants
with flowers in various stages of bloom. Your best selection would
have one bloom open, with the remaining buds still closed or preparing to
foliage when choosing your Easter flowers. Lots of rich green leaves mean
the lily is in good health. Look for dense, deep green coloring right down
to the soil. You'll know you have a healthy root system.
Caring For Easter Lilies Indoors
In the home, Easter lilies prefer moderately
cool temperatures. Their favorite daytime temperatures are 60 to 65 degrees F.
Avoid placing plants near drafts or excess heat. Your Easter flowers love
bright, natural daylight, but do not do well in direct sunlight.
Keep the soil moist and well drained.
Take care not to over-water. Our best advice for watering is to remove the
flower from any decorative foil coverings, then water until the water begins to
trickle out of the pot's drain holes. Remove the foil used in shipping Easter
flowers to avoid waterlogged flowers and eventual root-rot.
As the mature
flowers starts to droop and wane, remove them leaving only the fresher,
Transplant Your Easter Flowers Outside
Easter flowers are a great addition to any
garden plans. Ready to transplant your lilies? Here's how, in 3 easy steps:
well-drained garden bed in a sunny location with rich, organic matter.
Use a planting mix, or a mix of one part soil, one part peat moss and one
part perlite. Easter lilies must have good drainage.
Give the lilies
a site with bright light but some shelter from extreme heat and wind. Easter
lilies bloom naturally in the summer. If you plant your Easter flowers
outdoors in the spring, they may bloom again in summer or fall.
Otherwise, plant them any time in the fall before the soil freezes.
lily bulbs 3 inches below ground level, and mound up an additional 3 inches
of topsoil over the bulb. Set your Easter lily bulbs at least 12 to 18
inches apart. Make the hole deep enough that the bulbs can be placed
in it with the roots spread out and angled down. Work the soil in and
around the bulbs and the roots. Water the flowers well, right after
take the spotlight as Easter flowers, yet there are many other wonderful choices
of spring flowers. Get more ideas for Easter flowers from our flower guide for
spring and Easter flowers.