We all gather some wonderful flowers around the Easter time of year. Did you know that some of our Easter favorites are also perennials and that you can plant them outside and have them bloom for you year after year.
Easter Lilies are a fantastic flower we all see this time of year. Once lilies are finished flowering, place them in a sunny location in your home and water regularly and add one teaspoon of slow release fertilizer once every 6 weeks. The potted plants can be moved to a sunny location outdoors once the risk of frost has passed.
To plant your Easter Lilies find a well-drained and sunny area your garden. If the soil in this location is not rich, boost the soil with some manure or compost to enhance the soil. You should plant your Easter Lilies with a pre-made planting mix or with a mix of 1 part soil to one part peat moss to 1 part perlite. This planting mix is very important as Easter Lilies require good drainage to achieve the best blooms and growth.
Plant the Easter Lily bulbs 3 inches below the soil surface, and mound an additional 3 inches of loose topsoil on top of the soil surface. When making the hole for the bulbs make sure it is large enough for the bulbs and that their roots can spread out and down, the way they naturally do. Plant the bulbs 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Once you have planted the bulbs tamp the soil and ensure there are no air pockets. Water the Easter Lilies immediately after planting, this will help them establish and help you find any air pockets that were missed.
As the original plants die back, trim and cut the shoots and you will see the new growth appear soon. Easter lilies are forced to bloom in the spring by greenhouse management, but naturally will bloom in the summer. So you may find you have some beautiful blooms pop out this summer, but if not, be patient and you will see them next summer, and for years after!
Hydrangeas are a phenomenal flower we all see this time of year. Once hydrangeas are finished flowering, place them in a moderately sunny location in your home and water regularly and add one teaspoon of slow release fertilizer once every 6 weeks.
To plant your potted Easter Hydrangea prepare your garden bed the same as the Easter Lily, except that this plant should be in a moderately sunny location, not full sun. Morning sun, afternoon shade is the best light for this plant. Hydrangeas should be planted in the ground while the evenings are cool and the days are warm. So the earliest in the spring without the risk of frost or early fall without the risk of frost is the best time of year to plant Hydrangeas.
To plant your Hydrangea dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide as the root ball. Plant your Hydrangeas 3-10 feet apart from one another. Tamp soil to ensure there are no air pockets and water thoroughly.
Happy Easter Gardening!