Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various Wholesale Flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.
There are five things to keep in mind with Lilies:
- Lilies are large, star-shaped flowers with two to as many as five or six branching blossoms to a stem. The three most common varieties are Asiatic, Oriental, and longiflorum lilies; the last-named are also known as the Easter lily.
- It is important to remove the stamens from lily buds when they are open. This helps the flower to last longer, by tricking it into staying in bloom in hopes of getting fertilized. If left intact, the stamens will pollinate and may stain the flower and other things as well. Use a fork to lift stamens gently away from the lily if they are starting to pollinate.
- A fresh lily has only the bottom blossom open, with the next two to three consecutive buds showing good size and color. Lilies bruise easily because of their large, branching shape, so check for damage and discoloration on the closed blossoms.
- Older lilies have most of the blossoms fully open except for budded top. The blossoms may appear faded or slightly transparent. Some of the bottom blossoms may have been pinched away so check the stem and bloom count before purchasing.
- A recently developed lily nicknamed the LA lily is a hybrid developed from a cross between the longiflorum lily and the Asiatic lily. It combines the vibrant colors and shades of the Asiatic lilies with larger, showier blossoms of the longiflorum variety.
Here are some important facts about lilies:
Names: Lily, Lilium
Varieties: There are seven divisions or types of lilies, made up of over 400 species. The three most common varieties are Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, and longiflorum lilies.
Colors: The Asiatic varieties come in almost every color and shade except blue and black. The Oriental varieties mostly come in shades of white, cream, and pink. Both of these varieties may be solid, or accented with spots, stripes, or contrasting colors in the throat of the flower. The longiflorum lily is pure white.
Scent: The Oriental varieties have a strong fragrance, the Easter lily or longiflorum lily a slight fragrance. The Asiatic varieties are scent-free.
Freshness: Purchase or cut when the bottom flower is just opening and the next two or three buds are full and showing good color.
Vase Life: 10 days or longer.
Availability: All year, but the predominant season is spring and summer.
Cost: Oriental—expensive. Others—moderately priced.
Meaning: Purity and sweetness.
Arranging Tip: Do not crowd lilies in arrangements, as the large blossoms need room to open up.
Growing Tip: Lilies prefer full sun, but also like cold feet. Plant where they will receive afternoon shade to cool their roots.
Other: Lilies do not like flower preservative or additives in the water.
Here are some Online Flowers we have available:
LA Hybrid Lilies
– Dark Red
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