Can you replant HD Easter lilies in my yard?

bellarosa(z5/IL)April 20, 2011


My husband purchased two Easter lilies for me from Home Depot. After they finish blooming, can I plant these in my yard? If so, when? Also, should I cut the stems off after they start turning yellow?

Any advice is appreciated!



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leftwood(z4a MN)

Yes you can. Some people even get resprouting and blooming again that very season. Virtually all Easter Lilies (the white ones) do have LSV - Lily Symptomless Virus, that could spread to other lilies, and may or may not cause problems.

You don't have to wait for the stalk to turn brown to cut or remove it, but is best to wait until it is completely yellow. Cutting earlier than that will mean a somewhat smaller bulb for future growth.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 6:32PM
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Thanks for the advice. I will plant them in the garden and hope for the best!


    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 3:42PM
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Sure you can! A couple more tips: I've found it best to plant them as soon as they get done flowering. Remove the entire plant from the pot, soil and all, being careful not to break any roots. It should all come out in one piece. Then plant just a little deeper than it was in the pot. Cut the old flower seeds off, but must keep the main stem and leaves for bulb growth. The plant will dry up (dormant) in Oct. Cut dead stem to 4 inches--do not pull out. Mark spot and mulch real good as soon as ground freezes. And, as mentioned above--DO NOT plant these next to any of your prized, expensive lilies you might have because of the virus risk.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 7:24PM
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We bought two lilies also that I plan to put in the yard for future enjoyment :)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 9:09PM
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From the link below:

What to do with your Easter lily after Easter

* Lily symptomless virus, carried by virtually all Easter lilies, can be readily transmitted to other lilies in outdoor gardens. If infected by the virus, commonly grown lilies such as Asiatic and Oriental hybrids will show reduced flowering and vigor. Because of this risk, it's safest to simply discard Easter lilies after they finish flowering.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Easter lily in North America

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 1:22PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Thanks for posting this. I did not buy any Easter lilies this year, but have in the past, and planted them out in my garden. I did it maybe 3 years running. I DO have a lot of lilies, both asiatics and orientals and others. The Easter lilies never did well in the garden. I think I saw one bloom last year. They are surrounded by much taller plants. If I could tell which was which, I'd be tempted to pull them out, now that I know about this virus. But it is probably too late, anyway.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 1:19PM
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Well am I glad I read this! Our church discards their Easter flowers when they fade and I usually bring them home rather than have them thrown in the dumpster. I plant some of the Easter lilies and discard the rest after shaking the potting mix off to use for my flower pots. The Easter lilies aren't reliably hardy in my USDA zone. My questions: does the virus overwinter in the flower bed? Is the virus present in the soil that I use to pot up other plants? Is the virus the same one that can be spread by tiger lilies? Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 6:46PM
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I always plant my Easter lilies in my garden and they come up year after year. HOWEVER, one group is now blooming red! What could have happened? I have day lilies as the only other "lily" in my planting bed. Live in suburban Chicago.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 1:29PM
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Message to Kathi Dahlstrand:

All my replanted Easter lilies have turned red also.
Planted one from this past Easter and have it
marked. See what happens next year.
Mother nature is a funny animal.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 7:10PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I planted an Easter Lily gift in my garden several years ago. It has "colonized" well--must be a half dozen plants growing there now. Lovely blooms in June.

They are planted not too far from my expensive bulb lilies--not real close, but not that far away. However, none of the expensive bulb lilies have shown any negative symptoms for the past 4 years they have all been neighbors.

Of course, my one case proves nothing, but in my case, planting the Easter Lily in the garden has posed no problems.


    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 8:02PM
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