A query for Dan Gill: I bought a few Easter lilies to embellish for Easter. When the flowers have light, can I proceed to develop them or ought to I simply discard them? — Betty Roberts.
Reply: As soon as the flowers have light, you may plant your Easter lily exterior in a backyard mattress. Additionally leftover Easter lilies are an important discount in nurseries now. Take away the plant from the pot and plant it right into a well-prepared mattress enriched with compost. Select a location that receives morning solar and a few afternoon shade.
Easter lilies go dormant in midsummer. When the foliage yellows in midsummer, minimize the plant all the way down to the bottom.
Easter lilies will start to develop once more round October. Fertilize them at the moment. They are going to develop over the winter (don’t fret about freezes) and may bloom subsequent 12 months in late April.
Yearly the clump will get greater and produce extra stalks of flowers. Divide the clump each three to 5 years in mid- to late summer season when the foliage yellows. Dig up the bulbs, separate them and replant them instantly spaced 10 to 12 inches aside and about 5 inches deep.
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