Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Save Your Easter Lilly

My wonderful husband has always given me an Easter Lilly every Easter for the past 43 years! It blooms so nice for a few weeks and then dies back. I have always wanted to be able to keep it and save it outside, but I live in the north country. I thought maybe some of you in the "normal" weather might like to know how you can keep your Easter Lilly. 

Try planting your Easter lily in full sun in your garden, and with luck, it just might blossom again in late summer.

It will not survive northern winters outside, so in the fall, you can dig it up, report and let it rest for 2-3 months in a cool location (35-50) with filtered light. Maybe put it in basement. 

Cut the dried stems back to two inches. About January 1st, bring the Easter lily out into bright light, but not direct sunlight.

After it greens up, transfer it to a sunny window to force it into bloom. Water and fertilize as needed, and turn the pot to keep the plant growing straight. 

If you are lucky this might just work for you. Me......I have to wait until Easter to get another one. Hopefully hubby doesn't forget. :)

Have a great week! 

Colleen :)