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Easter Lilies

Easter lilies are definitely a spring time favorite! Their beautiful white, trumpet-shaped blooms smell so sweet! We have Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier to thank for bringing the bulbs, from Japan to the United States in 1919. The “Easter Capital of the World” is located along the Oregon and California Coast and they grow 95% of all the Easter Lily bulbs grown in the world. Did you know Easter lilies naturally bloom in the summer time? To get them to bloom at Easter time, greenhouses plant the bulbs in the fall and they must receive 1,000 hours of moist cold in order to bloom. This can be very tricky as the date that Easter falls on can vary between March 22 and April 25th. The temperature is closely monitored as it is used to either slow down or speed up the crop. When you receive an Easter lily as a gift, after you have enjoyed the blooms, it can be planted in the ground and will come back each year. It may take a couple of years to bloom again though and will usually bloom in June/July. Note: If you have a cat, please keep Easter lilies away from them as eating any part of the lily can be fatal to a cat. References: http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/eastlily.html http://gardening.about.com/od/springinthegarden/a/EasterLily.htm

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