Easter lily

meg_91March 23, 2010

I was given an easter lily today, and it's beautiful! It's the first time I've ever had one to add to my indoor plant collection. There's just one problem - it looks like the soil has been soaked, and there are mites and fungus gnats in the soil. What kind of soil mix should I use to replace the dark, thick, rich stuff that it has right now, and what's the best way to get rid of the gnats and mites? I would really like to keep this gorgeous plant, so I'd like to take care of the problem as soon as possible.

Meg

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duluthinbloomz4

Let the pot dry out - the gnats, etc. thrive on wet soils and will disappear as the soil dries. It's a lily, it has a bulb which stores all it needs... watering, overwatering not only encourages pests, it encourages bulb rot. The big box stores, grocery stores, etc. selling Easter lilies don't know lilies from lilacs and water (over water) everything the same.

After it blooms, plant it in your garden where you will have more success with it rather than as a houseplant. Let it go through its normal cycle of dying back, stem browning, etc., and it should reappear next season although not necessarily in time for Easter since it's been forced into bloom. It'll revert back to its normal growth and bloom times.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 12:48PM
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