L.A. Hybrid Lily
LA stands for longiflorum asiaticum, denoting the cross between Asiatic and Easter Lilies. LA Hybrid features tall hardy stems, large long-lasting blooms (though fewer blooms per stem), a light scent, and longer vase life than Asiatics. LA varieties are available in a wide variety of unique colors. There are 3-10 flowers per stem depending on species and cultivar. Flower colors include Red, Orange, Yellow, Violet, Pink.
Species: Lilium spp.
Origin: L.A. hybrids are a cross between longiflorum lilies and Asiatic hybrids.
Symbolizes: symbolize desired virtues like hope, faith, purity, innocence and aspirational meanings like prosperity, wealth and pride. They are also a sign of remembrance.
Also Known As: Lily Hybrids, The Longiflorum Asiatic
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, cultivars vary.
What to Look for When Purchasing
At the time of harvest, one bud should show color (but not open). LAs should be purchased with tight buds beginning to show color. Number of flower buds per stem is an important characteristic. Look for transparent, dried or dropped flower buds which are signs of ethylene damage.
Prone to leaf yellowing in foam. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated.
LA Hybrids' blooms are bigger than traditional Asiatics, their vase life is the longest of any lily, and they boast the widest variety of colors. Not only that, they are virtually scentless--perfect for those who have sensitive noses or allergies. Use odd numbers of stems for a more interesting design. Arrange lilies at varying heights to contrast colors and sizes. Arrange all the lilies first then add other flowers to ensure even space. Remove the yellow anthers once the flower is fully opened. This prevents pollen from staining the petals and helps prolong the flower's bloom.
Lilies are very ethylene sensitive. Treat them with an ethylene action inhibitor to help prevent 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 L.A. Hybrid Lily, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.