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The oriental/trumpet lily (aka Orienpet) is the result of hybridizing the fragrant oriental lily with the large flowered trumpet lily.The result is a true case of hybrid vigor - plants that have larger flowers, stronger stems and robust constitutions. Interested in creating beautiful bouquets? Learning how to successfully plant oriental lilies will allow you to grow the beautiful cut flowers in your own garden!
How to Plant Oriental Lilies: Recommended Care
They are hardy in zones 3-9 and make long-lasting cut flowers. Plant in the spring in well-drained, compost enriched soil.
Work the soil to a depth of 12 inches to encourage sturdy root growth. Plant 3-4 bulbs per square foot at a depth of 6-8 inches – flat side of bulb down, pointy end up.
If the bulb is sprouted at planting time, no worries - leave the sprout on and plant as usual. Water generously and mulch to preserve moisture.
During summer, water as needed to keep your plant moist, but not soggy. Watering deeply, less frequently is better than frequent, light watering.
How to Plant Oriental Lilies: After Season Care
- Once flowering is past leave the foliage on the plant to continue to nurture the bulbs.
- Once the leaves have yellowed and died, you may remove them.
- A winter mulch of 4-6 inches will encourage root growth as the season cools.
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Oriental Lilies make wonderful cut flowers.
- Choose blooms that are just about to open (not tight), with a bit of flower showing. Trim the stem and make a diagonal cut into it.
- Remove any leaves below water. The pollen can stain tablecloths and clothing so simply snip off the stamens if this is a concern.
Long-lasting, a fresh bouquet will last about two weeks. Two weeks of exotic, sweetly scented flowers – what’s not to like?!
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