Easter Lily Care and Re-bloom


I have found that there are two different groups of people when it comes to caring for an Easter lily after Easter.

One group of  simply let their Lily “run its  course” and then toss it away after it starts to fade. Most of these folks probably water the plant once or twice and then let it go.

On the other side of the equation is a group of people who would like to keep their Lily blooming as long as possible and maybe even save it for next year. Since you are reading this post, I’ll assume you belong to the second group and are interested in getting the most out of your Lily.

Easter Lilies like to be in a cool bright spot when they are inside a house. So, if you have a choice where to place it, choose the cooler spot away from any heating vents jut as long as it gets light from the window. Don’t worry too much about it though.

More important than location is watering. Since most Easter Lilies come with a pot wrapper, it is easy to kill a Lily with too much water.  The wrapper will trap water and not allow it to drain away, this will cause the roots to become water-logged and eventually die. This is the most common mistake people make in caring for their Lily. Be sure to dump out the excess water that drains into the wrapper after watering.

Cut off the blossoms as they fade. Once all the blossoms have come and gone, just care for it like a house plant. Feel the soil with your finger to get an idea how dry it is. The top of the soil should look and feel dry before watering again. 

I also like to pick up the pot and feel how much it weighs, a dry pot will feel quite a bit lighter than a wet or damp pot.

Sometime around Memorial Day, plant the Lily into a flower bed or other area with good soil and sunlight.

Sometimes the existing stalk will die back. When this happens, the Lily bulb will send up a new shoot and continue growing through the summer.

Then in the following year your Lily will surprise you with blossoms in July. They always surprise me because I usually forget that I planted them there until they bloom.

They don’t naturally bloom during Easter, we have to give them special conditions in a greenhouse to force them to do that. Forcing Easter Lilies is a complicated procedure. We force over 200 Lilies every year. It’s fun but also a challenge because Easter Sunday changes from year to year!

There’s no Federal law saying you have to save your Lily (at least not yet ;))  but it is easy to do and a lot of fun.


85 thoughts on “Easter Lily Care and Re-bloom”

  1. Hi Cynthia,
    The number of blooms an Easter Lily produces is dependent on the size of the bulb under ground. For example a bulb with a 7 inch circumference will produce about 3-4 blooms while a bulb measuring 11 inches can produce 7-8 blooms. Sunlight, fertilizer, water and soil conditions all contribute to blossom production. Back to your question, yes I think it is unusual for a Lily to produce 12 blooms. Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your experience.

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  5. I noticed that 12 blooms was unusual. I have a single stem with 16 on it. I guess i did something right but more Mother Nature took care of it.

  6. Hi Cantsew, I bet your uber-blooming Easter lily is quite a site. Do you have a local newspaper to send a photo to? I’m sure the garden editor would love to publish it. Thanks for sharing your experience. Bob

  7. We have our Easter lilies in a flower bed. They were beautiful but now we have the foliage to contend with. What do we do with it to make room for other plant for our flower bed.

  8. Hi Betty, You have a couple of options: 1) leave the lilies in place. Their bulbs will grow larger and will produce more flowers next year but the foliage may be distracting as you mentioned. 2) move the lilies to a permanent location. Normally, it’s best to wait until fall to move them. But, since they are in the way, you can move them now. Take plenty soil when you lift the bulb. Transplant the plants a little deeper than their original depth. Your lilies are probably fairly tall and moving them will cut some roots so,tie them to a garden stake to keep them from falling over. Good luck to you. Bob

  9. Will my easter lily re bloom this year or just next year…. i am thinking of replanting into a bigger planter with some miracle grow just to see how it does….what do you think ??

  10. Hi Patti, Usually Easter Lilies don’t bloom in the same summer but, I have seen it happen occasionally. If possible, you should plant your Lily in a garden bed outside. You can try re-potting your Lily, you never know it may do OK. Easter Lilies can do surprising things.
    Best luck to you and let us know how it works out for you.

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  15. I was given a lilly for Easter / after blooming and it had turned yellow / I inturn cut back the main stem / did I do a bad thing / I wanted to keep it until next year..


  16. Hi Margie, No you didn’t do anything wrong to your Easter Lily. But you’ll have to plant it outside now in order for it to make some growth in order to recover its vigor. I discuss that in some of the comments. Best of luck to you. Bob

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  18. I planted my Easter lily outside after the foliage died around mid-summer. I live in WV, and we are experiencing some very strange, very warm weather late in the season.. My Easter lily bulbs are already sprouting and we haven’t even had our first snow yet! Is there a way I can keep them safe over the winter?? Any advice would be great:) I love my lilies!!

  19. Danielle, That premature growth from the bulb will most likely freeze and be killed back. The bulb itself will come through the winter OK and not be noticeably harmed. The winter temperatures will vernalize the bulb stimulating it to produce a new shoot that will begin to grow in the spring. As an extra precaution, you may want to mulch the area around the bulb to protect it from wide swings in temperature. Mulch after the soil is cold, that will help keep the soil cool so the bulb doesn’t sprout again in the winter if you get an extended warm spell. Best of luck to you. Bob

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