How should I care for my Easter lily?

Question: 

How should I care for my Easter lily?

Answer: 

In the home, Easter lilies prefer daytime temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with slightly cooler night temperatures.  Avoid drafty locations.  Place the Easter lily in bright light, but out of direct sunlight. 

Water the Easter lily when the soil surface becomes dry to the touch.  The pots of Easter lilies are usually placed inside molded, decorative pot covers.  Carefully remove the Easter lily from the pot covering.  Place the plant in the kitchen sink.  Water the plant thoroughly.  Continue to apply water until water flows out the bottom of the pot.  Let the potting soil drain for a few minutes, then carefully drop the plant back into the molded pot cover. 

As the flowers open, remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed.  Removal of the anthers prolongs the life of the flower and prevents the pollen from staining the white petals. 

Remove the flowers as they wither.  After flowering, the Easter lily can be discarded or saved and planted outdoors in the perennial garden. 

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