The Easter lily is a stately and classic potted plant. Very large, very fragrant trumpets of waxy-white blooms cluster on top of stalks with simple, sword shaped leaves. Easter lilies are the epitome of simple elegance. Choosing your lily Buds open very quickly, so if you’re buying your plant a week or so before the holiday, choose a plant that has only one flower open. Most of the rest will be open by Easter. The remaining buds will open the following week, giving you at two to three weeks of enjoyment. Care Inside, give Easter lilies bright, indirect light. Lilies grow from bulbs and are planted in well-draining soil so they don’t rot. It’s critical that you do not let the plant sit in standing water. Wet the soil thoroughly once or twice a week, letting the excess water drain out the bottom of the pot into a kitchen sink. Then place it back into a cache-pot or pot cover. After blooms are gone In temperate California gardens, Easter lilies will naturalize—that is, they will grow outside and bloom year after year. They make lovely garden plants, and are one of the best (and only) lilies for California gardens. However, they will bloom in early summer, not at Easter time. Once lilies bloom outside, remove the spent flowers, but save the foliage. Once it turns completely yellow, you can remove (by cutting) the entire stem. It will produce new ones in spring. Planting outside Choose a sunny site where the roots can stay cool. They require well-draining, well-amended soil. Use plenty of E.B. Stone Planting Compost. Planting them among perennial or annual flowers is wise, as they do not bloom over a long period. But they are always spectacular in appearance and fragrance, and require very little care. Caring for lilies in the garden In spring, when new stems appear, feed with E.B. Stone Bulb Food. Give them regular water. After blooming, feed again with the same food. This will ensure lots of bloom the following year.