How to Get the Best Quality Lilies

June 13, 2014 / Blooms Today

Lilies have been growing for centuries all across the world. They grow across Asia, from China and Japan to the Middle East, in southern Europe, as well as in North America. The genus, Lilium, has over 100 different natural species. Man-made hybrids of lilies are bringing even more variety to the large genus. Lilies were originally grown as garden flowers, but they have since been adopted by the fresh flower industry. As lilies become more popular their supply is increasing which leads to decreases in costs for floral companies and better ability to provide them to customers.

The quality of a lily starts with the quality of the bulb. Similar to other bulb blooms, the best quality lilies typically come from Californian and Dutch flower growers. Recently, Brown-Speckled-Lilygrowers in Colombia and Costa Rica have improved their ability to grow lilies and have started to make lilies of great quality; the quality is not as good as the lilies from Californian or Dutch flowers growers though. Because of different levels of quality, there is a tiered marketplace in which less expensive lilies are bought according to color and more expensive lilies are bought according to the variety name.

Lilies in many cases are ranked in accordance with the bloom or bud sum total on each stalk. This system provides only a rough index of quality. Quality starts with the Lilies’ bulb and a bigger bulb typically results in a better quality flower. The care that is given to lilies also affects the flower’s longevity, color, and state of the blossoms and foliage.

Dark-LilyThe fascinating new varieties available on the marketplace are of many different colors. Different species include the dark purple Sumatra Conca D’Or and the white and yellowish hybrid vehicle. Longiflorum or “Easter” lilies are accessible all year long, in wide variety of colors. Lilies with a branching or external-facing growth habit are popular among florists because they are great to display and leverage the creative ability of a professional florist.

lily-227713_640Because lilies blossom during the summer, there’s a greater window of planting chance than for Spring-flowering bulbs. Lilies can therefore be put for an excellent flower during the autumn, winter, or spring season the next summer. Be cautious when getting bulbs past April though. Additionally, avoid buying from dealers offering early delivery; these bulbs are not mature enough for optimal operation, or they may be left over or frozen bulbs from the previous year. These lily bulbs are not suitable for gardeners’ demands. Usually, bulbs are picked no earlier than October for optimal quality.

Photo Credit:

Photographer Josch13 offered the photograph of Lilies under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

Photographer Gaby Stein offered the photograph of Speckled Lily under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

Photographer Brigitte Werner offered the photograph of Dark Lily under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

Photographer Josch13 offered the photograph of Lily under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay.

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