Easter lilies are popular as a decorative element in homes during the Easter season.
Easter lilies have become a popular symbol of the Easter holiday because of their association with purity and new beginnings. In Christian mythology, the Easter lily is said to have grown from the tears of Eve as she was expelled from the Garden of Eden.
Can they be planted outside in Colorado after Easter?
Lilies are available in several types and in colors ranging from white and yellow to deep red. While lilies are perennial, some do not survive Colorado’s winters.
To test hardiness of a particular lily, pack the rhizomes (what we think of as the bulb of the plant) in sawdust, perlite or vermiculite. Store the rhizomes in a frost-free location during the winter. Replant the stored lilies in the spring. The plants remaining in the garden should be heavily mulched to avoid winter kill.
Plant the lilies to a depth three times the height of the bulb. Easter lilies can also be planted directly into gardens after last frost but with only varied success.
It's important to note that while Easter lilies are beautiful and fragrant, they can be toxic to cats. If you have cats in your home, it's best to avoid bringing Easter lilies inside.