Lilies forum: Thinking of trying Oriental-Trumpet hybrids

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Jul 16, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Hi, new here ... love lilies, having been successfully growing several varieties of Asiatics over the last few years. Tried Orientals (the common varieties) a couple of times, not had much success with them. They didn't thrive, and eventually petered out.

I'm north of Boston, hardiness zone maps indicate this is Zone 6a but (based on what survives the winter and what doesn't) I'm thinking that's a bit generous ...

Thinking about trying the Oriental-Trumpet hybrids. Any suggestions? Do they do well in same soil conditions as the Asiatics? Also, should I anticipate the foliage browning with these the way it does with the Asiatics? (Not that I mind, but that affects decisions as to where to plant so visibility, etc.)

Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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Jul 16, 2017 9:35 AM CST


Welcome! Orienpet Lilies typically are very easy to grow. They do well in most soil types, have strong stems overall to support their typically large flowers. They often take a couple of years to truly show you how great they can be. Try a couple with different looks to them and see how they grow for you. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how great they are.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Jul 16, 2017 11:08 AM CST


Hi Mark and Welcome! !

I pulled up a list of the Orienpet lilies that we have in our data base here.

You will find that some can "give" the look of an Oriental lily without the fuss. Some of the Dutch introductions can give that look. Before you go out and buy new bulbs I suggest you check back with us on this forum. Some of us have grown many different Orienpets.

As for Asiatic lilies there are some that bloom a bit later, hence the foliage lasts longer. I have some that are blooming now but are seed grown.

Jul 16, 2017 4:23 PM CST

Welcome! Go ahead and give some OT's a try, you should not have any problems - but as Connie suggested just check back and solicit some feedback once you have selected the varieties that are of interest to you. In regard to the the foliage browning, OT's generally bloom after Asiatics, so at least in Michigan the browning is right around (and mostly after) first frost. By then it is general garden clean up time anyway.

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