Today, however, the man hybrids are bringing even more variety to this kind of large. First raised as garden flowers, lilies of new categories have been collected by the cut flower industry and are becoming more common as increasing production of the producers. Also, lilies are increasingly available from different sources at different levels of price and quality.
The quality starts with lily bulb
Like other bulb flowers, lilies have been considered a specialty of Dutch growers and California. More recently, farmers in Costa Rica and Colombia have begun to produce good quality iris is not as good as premium lilies Netherlands and California, but better than in the past and relatively inexpensive. The result is a market at levels that, increasingly, some lilies are bought and sold as commodities, color coded and sorted by price, while others are identified by the name of the variety and bought it with a higher concern about the relationship of price to quality. For florists, some "commodity" lilies would be a good buy, depending on the use to which they submit.
Lilies are often classified according to the yolk or the counting of flowers on each stem, from 1-2 to 5-6 buds and up. This system, however, only provides a rough index of quality. The quality of the lily bulb begins with: Larger, higher quality, more expensive bulbs produce more, better quality, more expensive flowers. Then, of course, the care given to the lilies as they are grown and harvested influences longevity, color and condition of flowers and foliage. (South American lilies are usually grown in the field, while the Dutch irises and California are more likely to have been protected in the controlled environment of a greenhouse.)
Dutch producer and exporter Hilverda de Boer has recently established a quality assurance program called the Supreme Court selections, a branding effort that includes a bunch of lilies of the premium for Dutch producers. Part of the idea behind a program like this is to encourage buyers to florists and other different varieties know more and be more willing to try something a little different. Florists can buy an oriental pink as Stargazer and Starfighter or Barbaresco that some customers are familiar with, but now have the option of saying, "Look at this lily just received, is a bit dark pink Stargazer" or "Check a look at this beautiful white lily Sapporo East and is called as White House faces other than those above, which gives a different look. " That is what makes customers connoisseurs and gives an extra reason to come to a florist.
The exciting new varieties on the market are not just white and pink, including such beauties as spectacular as the Sumatra dark purple or yellow and white hybrid Conca D'Or. Longiflorum lilies or "Semana Santa" are available throughout the year, the versatile color choices than white. Lilies with a branching growth habit or outdoor, in particular, lend themselves to dramatic design and visualization of a kind that leverages the creativity of a professional florist.
Lily Care Tips
* Choose the stems with a minimum of two strong buds show color. When the stalks are harvested only green buds, flowers can not open or have a proper flower color. Avoid stems with fully opened flowers and flowers with ease damage during transport.
* Lilies are sensitive to ethylene and should be treated with an inhibitor of ethylene.
* Remove the bottom of the stem 1-inch (diagonal cut) and remove the bottom half of the leaves. Place in a warm solution of water and flower food and conditions at room temperature for several hours or until the expiration desired flower.
* To accelerate the opening of the flowers of lily flower to use a solution of hot food and cover with a plastic bag to maintain high humidity. The bright light (not direct sunlight) also appears to accelerate the opening process and to ensure a good color in the flowers.
* Removal of anthers carefully prevent pollen from staining clothes or furniture.