Oriental Lily flowers are a larger variety than Asiatic Lilies. Flowers appear on short branches at the end of the stem. Usually 2-6 flowers per stem. Flowers are cup-shaped with recurved tips and elongated petals, up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, usually pendant. Flowers come in white, pink, red; may be speckled and/or bicolor. Flowers have intense fragrance.
Species: Lilium spp. (Oriental types)
Origin: Native to China and Japan
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: Oriental Hybrid Lily, Oriental Hybrids
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 6-14 days depending on the variety.
What to Look for When Purchasing
Choose stems with at least 2 fully developed (but not opened) buds and the rest well-colored. Avoid stems with aborted or dried buds.
Leaf yellowing can be an issue in foam. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated.
Oriental Lilies are quite fragrant; almost over powering if the arrangement consists of only Oriental Lilies. This product is very versatile and can be used for all types of floral works 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.
Ethylene sensitivity depends on variety. Leaf, bud and/or flower drop are results of the exposure to ethylene.
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 Oriental Lily, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.