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That ONE big Easter fear: ‘How do I get this Easter lily to re-bloom next year?’

We’ve all been there. The customer has an Easter lily in-hand and just as she’s ready to buy, she locks eyes with ours and asks, “How do I get this Easter lily to re-bloom next year?” We start searching for words.

Why? Well, we know that our growers have nurtured our lilies with their unique expertise and have “forced” the lilies to bloom early in greenhouses where temperature and light are strictly controlled. Now, we’re ready to send our lilies out to the wolves... or rather, to private homes where all bets are off!

Lilycare But in all reality, our grower friends tell us that Easter Lilies are one of the easier crops to re-bloom in a private home if these basic tips are followed:

After Flowering

Cut off the faded blooms, leaving stems and foliage intact

Remove any foil wrapping from the pot

If temperatures outside are still below freezing, place the lily inside on a sunny windowsill, and water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch.

As soon as the soil has thawed in the spring, bring the Easter lily outside

Place it in a shady spot for a few days so it can acclimate to the outdoors

Planting

Plant Easter lilies in full sun, which means at least six hours per day of direct sunlight

Plant lilies in well-drained soil to prevent the bulb from rotting

Dig a planting hole slightly deeper and wider than the lily’s root ball and fill it partly with water before inserting the plant

Plant the lily so the top of the root ball is even with the top edge of the planting hole

Fill the hole around the lilies’ current soil and mulch with organic material

Important! Tell Your Customers That……

Easter lilies are genetically programmed to bloom once a year, with the number of individual flowers increasing as the plants mature.

Before a plant can bloom or rebloom, it must store energy in the flower bulb. This means that an Easter lily that has been forced into magnificent bloom in March or April needs to store enough energy for the next flush of bloom.

Generally, even if the lilies are planted outdoors as soon as they finish flowering in spring, they will not bloom again in midsummer. Rebloom will happen on schedule the following year.

Tell the customer not to lose hope! The beauty of blooming plants is in the waiting!