GET TO KNOW YOUR EASTER LILIES PERSONALLY
Ever wonder where all of these beautiful plants and flowers come from? I do… Every plant has a place where it originates from and grows wild and free and is probably considered a weed by natives, while being cherished and sold at top dollar by someone else on the other side of the world. Of course plants are always being modified to bring out specific characteristics branding them with a new name/variety, but I like to look into the history, and follow the path from field to table.
The origin of the White Easter Lily, properly known as the Bermuda Lily or lilium longiflorum, can be traced initially to Bermuda and subsequently to the Ryukyu Islands south of Japan. The flower was discovered in 1777 in Bermuda and then widely produced in England and Bermuda until 1898, after a virus destroyed the crops. According to Leonard Perry, a professor at the University of Vermont, growers then moved the plant to Japan.
Their entrance into the United States began with the action of a World War I soldier, Louis Houghton, who was enamored with the beauty of the snow white, pure lily and subsequently brought a suitcase full of hybrid lily bulbs to the west coast of the United States, in Oregon in 1919.
Houghton had numerous friends and neighbors involved with horticulture and he freely distributed the bulbs to them. Large scale production followed and today, the entire Pacific (west) coast of the United States from California to Oregon is known as the ‘Easter Lily Capitol of the World’.
Greenhouses order in “Pre Finished” Lilies and bring them to maturity. I use Spiderweb Gardens for the best selection and premium quality. The fragrance, and beauty of the Easter Lily is overwhelming .. in a good way, so come and get em’ and enjoy the loveliness of spring in your home.
In the home, Easter Lilies prefer moderately cool temperatures. Recommended daytime temperatures are 60 degrees to 65 degrees F. with slightly cooler night temperatures. Avoid placing plants near drafts, and avoid exposure to excess heat or dry air from appliances, fireplaces or heating ducts. The lily will thrive near a window in bright, indirect natural daylight, but avoid glaring, direct sunlight.
Easter Lilies prefer moderately moist, well-drained soil. Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface feels dry to a light touch, but avoid over-watering. If the pot is wrapped in decorative foil, be careful not to let the plant sit in trapped, standing water. For best results, remove the plant from decorative pots or covers, take it over the sink and water thoroughly until water seeps out of the pot’s drain holes to completely saturate the soil. Allow the plant to drain for a few minutes and discard the excess water before replacing it back into its decorative pot cover.