Easter Lily care

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Ricky Ens­ley [email protected]

Dur­ing the spring, one of the most beau­ti­ful or­na­men­tal flow­ers is the Easter Lily.

We can thank Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier, for the pop­u­lar­ity of the Ber­muda lily which is bet­ter known as the Easter lily in this coun­try.

In 1919, Mr. Houghton brought a suit­case full of hy­brid lily bulbs to the south­ern coast of Ore­gon and gave them to fam­ily and friends. The cli­mate in south­ern Ore­gon was ideal for grow­ing this lily.

The cul­ti­var most com­monly grown for the U.S. mar­ket is the Nel­lie White. It has white, fra­grant trum­pet shaped flow­ers. When buy­ing a lily, look for a plant with flow­ers in var­i­ous stages of bloom from buds to open or par­tially opened flow­ers.

Fo­liage should be dense and rich green in color.

At home, keep your lily away from drafts and dry­ing heat sources such as heat­ing ducts. Bright, in­di­rect light is best with tem­per­a­tures of 65 to 75oF.

Wa­ter the lily only when the soil feels dry, do not over wa­ter. To pro­long the life of the blos­soms, re­move the yel­low an­thers (pol­len­bear­ing pods) found in the cen­ter of each flower.

En­joy your Easter Lily — as a sign of spring.

Ricky Ens­ley

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