Easter Lily


I got a present of Easter lily plant. The shoot turned yellow and I cut the stem but I kept the plant in my garage throughout this summer now I can see little shoots emerging in the pot I don’t know what to do as it is Fall already. Should I keep the plant indoor or plant these shoots outside? I live in Milton Ontario and my backyard soil is heavy clay like. Thanks


Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your inquiry concerning your Easter Lily.

Lilies do best when planted in the spring when the plant is dormant. Now that your bulbs have sprouted we suggest that you nuture your plant through the winter and then plant the bulbs outdoors in a sunny well draining spot once the threat of frost has passed and the ground is workable.

When growing your Lily indoors it is important to remember to keep your plant away from drafts and drying heat sources. Lilies prefer bright, indirect light with a daytime temperature of 18-23C. Water your plant only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can cause the bulbs to rot. Pinch off the blooms once they fade and allow the foliage to die back naturally to reenergize the bulbs.

Don’t be discouraged if your bulb does not re-bloom immediately once planted outdoors. It may take a couple of seasons for your plant to re-bloom. Caring for your Easter Lily gives step by step instructions on transplanting and getting your Easter Lily to re-bloom.

Here’s to further enjoyment of your Easter Lily.