L.A. Hybrid Lilies

Hybrid lilyA flower that has been available to florists since 1992, the L.A. hybrid lily is a man-made flower species. It is a cross between the longiflorum lily and the Asiatic lily, coming in a variety of colors and lasting a long time after being cut.

For beautiful lilies that will bloom over the next 3-4 days, follow the instructions below and the ones provided in your flower box. Your bouquet of Lilies are also accompanied by ProFlowers floral food (2 packets) so you can give them the best vase life possible.

1) Upon arrival, the plastic liner safeguarded around your bouquet needs to be removed with caution.

2) Following the removal of the liner, pull the bag covering the floral foam and the floral foam itself, off of your bouquet in one swift tug. Removing them together helps the bag catch any excess floral foam that would normally cause a mess. The floral foam is there to make sure your flowers arrive fresh after their journey from our fields to your home.

3) Clean any excess foam off the bottom of your stems.

4) When you receive your flower, you will notice they look thirsty. After hydrating for 8-12 hours, they will perk up. Prepare their vase with room temperature water and 1 packet of flower food for the best hydration.

5) If there is excess foliage on the stems that will sit below the water, strip it off. This stripping eliminates the water from becoming dirty faster. Excess foliage also has a tendency to suck up too much water, leaving none for the actual blossoms.

6) While submerged under water, cut at an angle 1 inch off the stems. This step makes the flower’s pores fully open up and allows them to drink water. Trimming them under water eliminates any air bubbles that may occur, which prevent the flower from drinking.

7) If the water is starting to change colors, this means that bacteria is growing, and the flowers will wilt faster. When this happens, re-cut the stems, change the flowers water and add second packet of flower food. If the water is still clear by day 3, do this anyways.

8) Your L.A. Hybrid lilies will last longer if they are kept away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts and live in a room that has a cool temperature.

9) Keep an eye out for spent leaves and deadheads. Remove them to keep the bouquet looking fresher longer.

To keep pollen from getting on your furniture or staining your clothes, remove the stamens/anthers from the lily once it opens up. This can be done by using a wet paper towel to gently remove them. If pollen gets on your clothes, use tape to remove it.

Keep in mind, lilies are toxic for animals to ingest, particularly dogs and cats. So place these beautiful flowers where they will not accidentally be eaten by them.