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Tips to maintain an Easter lily

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - One of the most requested flowers this season is the Easter lily.

The flowers are often placed around altars in Christian churches during Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

La Crosse Floral sells hundreds of Easter lilies to churches, with some placing their orders as early as Ash Wednesday, said La Crosse Floral President Linda Zoerb.

Zoerb said the lilies are planted in October. But, since Easter falls at different times each year, they're treated accordingly to bloom at the right time.

"I think one of the best things is lilies do open quite fast and one of the ways of making a lily last longer is removing the pollen -- which also kinda sheds all over your table. So, you can just go in and take the pollen out. And that lily bloom will last three to four days longer," Zoerb said.

The lilies last about a week.

If you want to grow your own, the bulb can be re-planted in your yard. Zoerb said the soil is usually warm enough in May.

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