|Photo Tufts University|
Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies.
|Old Lily Farm|
|Easter Lily Bulb Cornell University|
Choose a sunny or bright location so it will receive plenty of light during the day. Keep away from heat sources (like a heat register) since it prefers being cool at night.
Water well each day.
Once it blooms and the leaves begin to yellow, keep watering until ready to transplant outdoors (allow the leaves to die naturally before pruning them).
When all danger of frost has passed in the Spring and the soil can be worked, plant the bulb 6 to 8 inches deep in the soil. Choose a location where it will receive lots of sun and make sure the soil is well-draining. Top the soil with about an inch or two of mulch to help keep the roots cool during the hot summer.
The Front Range’s biggest challenge for lilies is our clay soil and dry winters.
Lilies bloom in late May and June. They are “forced” for Easter bloom. It may take the plant two years to bloom.
Lilies are very poisonous to cats so make sure to keep them out of reach of your favorite feline.