mTip: Keeping Lilies White

Lilies make a cost effective floral arrangement because they can last for over two weeks. However after lily blooms open, the pollen can create a mess on furniture and it can easily stain fabric. 
Simple Solution: A Pipe Cleaner

To prevent any mishaps, remove the messy anthers (long orange pollen dust-covered thingies) with a damp cloth then use a pipe cleaner to brush the residual pollen from the flower petals (above photo, right side is pollen-free).

Voila…Lily White!

 For next time; wash the pipe cleaner, rinse, dry and repeat!


  1. urbanchique

    April 23, 2011

    Great idea. I usually cut them off but then the flower looks amputated :O