Asiatic Lilies are smaller than oriental lilies. They can be found in a multitude of colors with bright yellow, orange, pink, and burgundy being the most common. Flowers appear on short branches at the end of the stem. There are 3-12 flowers per stem depending on species and cultivar. The Flowers are upright, cup-shaped with recurved tips, 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) in diameter.
Species: Lilium spp. (Asiatic types)
Origin: China and Japan.
Symbolizes: The lily is said to have sprung from the tears of Eve as she was expelled from the Garden of Eden. It remains the Christian symbol of purity, chastity, innocence and resurrection.
Also Known As: N/A
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water and water with high fluoride levels.
Vase Life: 4-14 days depending on the variety.
What to Look for When Purchasing
At the time of harvest, one bud should show color (but not open). Number of flower buds per stem is an important characteristic. Look for transparent, dried or dropped flower buds which are signs of ethylene damage.
Leaf yellowing can be an issue in foam. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated.
This product is very versatile and can be used for all types of floral work including vases, arrangements and bouquets. It is a very good wedding flower which can be left long for large arrangements or cut short for the bride’s bouquet. These beautiful blossoms work well in mixed seasonal arrangements and more contemporary styled designs. Lilies are excellent focal flowers. As each flower opens, remove the pollen sacks with gloves to prevent pollen staining.
Highly sensitive to ethylene. Bud drop and drying (especially small buds) are the symptoms of ethylene damage.
Pest & Disease Information
Susceptible to botrytis.
To prevent bud drop or drying, use an ethylene action inhibitor treatment. For premature leaf yellowing, use an anti-yellowing treatment at farm level after harvest, and use bulb crop or lily specific flower food. Pollen sheds stain whatever they touch. Remove them when the flower opens.
For optimal care of Asiatic Lily, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.