How to Bring an Easter Lily Back to Life?

Easter Lilies signify the onset of spring – a time of the year that celebrates Easter. They are beautiful, whitish flowers and are traditional gifts and adornments during the holidays. Moreover, they look stunning and smell lovely.

Easter Lilies signify the onset of spring – a time of the year that celebrates Easter. They are beautiful, whitish flowers and are traditional gifts and adornments during the holidays. Moreover, they look stunning and smell lovely.

There’s no need to dispose of these flowers after Easter; there’re ways you can keep them fresh and blossoming. You’ll have enough blooms in the coming season by giving the flower a chance at life and growing it in your garden.

However, you’ll need to grow your Easter Lilies indoors before moving them outdoors initially. Here’s how you can revive your Easter Lilies and enjoy them every spring.

How to Bring an Easter Lily Back to Life

Indoor Growth

You’ll need to pick a suitable location with enough light. For example, you can place it near the base of a sunny window. However, avoid exposing it to heat as the Easter Lily loves cooler temperatures, especially at night.

Snip away fading flowers from the plant using sterilized scissors. Also,  water the soil whenever it’s dry to the touch, and make sure not to overwater. After this, fertilize the flower every 14 days with enough half-strength liquid fertilizer. Remove the foliage at the soil level when it fully withers.

Indoor Growth

Maintain a cool temperature to ensure a blossom in the coming summer. In this condition, withdraw the bulbs from the pot, brush off the sticky soil on the roots and place them in properly labeled bags. After that, store in a cold place but avoid freezing conditions.

According to Greenhouse Management, you should store Easter Lily bulbs for about 42 days between 4.44°C to 7.22°C. Subsequently, plant the bulbs again in a pot for the spring, or you can plant them outdoors in early spring for the summer.

Outdoor Care

After some supervision, your Easter Lilies will bloom again in the summer, fall, or the following year. Be mindful of relocating your lily plant once the weather is warm enough outside. This is important since your lily has been in a greenhouse. Moreover, it will allow the plant a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors.

Outdoor Care

When outdoors, choose a sunny area and keep the plant well hydrated. Easter lilies are at their best in well-drained and nutrient-sufficient soil. Before planting, make a hole of about 8 inches and fill it with compost. Next, plant the Easter Lily such that it’s about 6 inches from the top-soil level.

There’s no need to add any fertilizer right away as Easter Lilies do not need much fertilizer to bloom. However, in successive years, you may want to mix some bulb fertilizer to the base of the plant in early spring before flowering. Still, this isn’t essential for the lily to bloom annually.

The essential aspect is the mulching of the Easter Lilies to protect the roots and maintain moisture content under the soil. About 2 to 3 inches of mulch layer around the flower is enough. In addition, mulching reduces the water evaporation rate keeping the ground cool.

Furthermore, constantly water the Easter Lily flower after transplanting every few days for some weeks. This will allow the plant to stabilize inside the soil. Once the flower sets itself in the new earth, you don’t have to keep watering. Note that all lilies can survive drought for a long time, and the Easter Lily flower isn’t an exception.

Also, when outside, lilies can blossom up to three feet. Therefore, to maintain proper spacing, ensure a minimum gap of 18 inches around the plant. This allows sufficient space for its maximum growing reach.


There’s no need to disperse those leftover Easter Lilies since it’s easy to revive them. Start with the indoor care routine before moving the flower outdoors. Maintaining your lily plants outside is also reasonably easy. Regardless, keeping them indoors isn’t much of a hassle either. However, it is more challenging for indoor flowers to bloom every year.

Moreover, you should be aware of the challenges of outdoor grooming. Easter Lilies grown outdoors may suffer from overcrowding after some seasons. To prevent this, ensure you divide your Easter Lilies during the fall season and keep only half of the bulblets.

If you’re trying to get lilies at throwaway prices, immediately after Easter is an excellent time to get a good deal (after all, who needs them after Easter). Lastly, here’s a pro-tip; ensure your Easter Lilies are far away from your cats since they can be very poisonous. Happy growing!

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