hardiness of Asiatic and Oriental lilies

ryseryse_2004May 25, 2013

It seems the Asiatic are much hardier and often the Orientals don't return. Also, the Asiatic are much earlier in coming up and it seems the Orientals just take forever to grow. Do they just need a warmer soil?

I planted the dwarf border ones and wanted them to bloom at the same time (white Asiatic and pink Oriental) but it looks like that isn't going to happen.

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gardengal48

They are very different types of hybrid lilies, drived from very different genetic backgrounds and their characteristics will reflect that.

Asiatics are hardier (often listed to Z3), have the earliest bloom season, the widest color range and typically no fragrance. They also perennialize or spread very easily.

Oriental hybrids are usually rated to no lower than Z5, have a late summer bloom period, a limited color range and typically, strong fragrance. If given the right growing conditions, they can perennialize as well but not as vigorously as the Asiatics.

Both require really good drainage and as much sun as possible although the Orientals will also tolerate a fair amont of shade. If you are looking for the best effects of both, hunt up some OA's or Oriental-Asiatic hybrids.

The attached lnk will explain the different divisions in more detail.

Here is a link that might be useful: lily types

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 4:06PM
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gardengal48

They are very different types of hybrid lilies, drived from very different genetic backgrounds and their characteristics will reflect that.

Asiatics are hardier (often listed to Z3), have the earliest bloom season, the widest color range and typically no fragrance. They also perennialize or spread very easily.

Oriental hybrids are usually rated to no lower than Z5, have a late summer bloom period, a limited color range and typically, strong fragrance. If given the right growing conditions, they can perennialize as well but not as vigorously as the Asiatics.

Both require really good drainage and as much sun as possible although the Orientals will also tolerate a fair amont of shade. If you are looking for the best effects of both, hunt up some OA's or Oriental-Asiatic hybrids.

The attached lnk will explain the different divisions in more detail.

Here is a link that might be useful: lily types

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 4:07PM
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